Lydia Timmons and Mary Graupman

When she was just 15 years old, Lydia Timmons left school to go to work full time, because the economic downturn had severely affected her mother and 9 brothers. That was in 1941. Last summer when the StoryCorps oral history project came to Rochester, Lydia visited the Mobile Recording Booth with her daughter, Mary Graupman, to talk about what life was like in Rochester at the end of the Great Depression.

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