Clipped From Iola Daily Register And Evening News
Hardship for— (Continued from Pare One) there, too. A flea-bitten collie slept on the boys' bed. The girls—one of them went to a distant high school In the county bus —had a shack a few yards up the slope. It was tidier and here and there a child's hand had lightened the appearance of misery with a magazine picture. Three goats provided milk. The only cow was dry. A few vegetable plants pushed through soil around fir stumps. A ragged, sturdy Kansas plains family had set up a half-tent, halfj shack home on another hillside. From the canvas covered doorway they looked out upon fertile orchards and clover fields sweeping westward to the coastal mountains; The father tolled on a seven-acre tract felling fir arid hewing and sawing It Into cordwood. His labor was the price of his tenancy. The fuel will be sold m town and the slim revenue may provide a crop among the stumps next season. "It's green and cool here and there^s not so much dust," said the mother. Two children, a boy and a girl, clung to her tattered skirts. "Our friends in Kansas wrote that it rained this year but we're not going back. My husband has a!;vays been a farmer and as soon as we get a little money ahead we'll start buying our own place." One family—the parents, a little boy and a baby—had the good fortune to live by a creek. They had caught an eight-inch trout in a gunnysack and were cleaning It for dinner. The northwest regional planning commission estimated that 36,000 families left dustbowl homes In seven years. About 10,000,000 acres, or 150,000 new economic farm units, may ultl-. mately add to the cultivated area In Oregon. Washington and Idaho through irrigation, drainage, clearing and flood control. Unless present construction schedules are speeded, only 10,000 new farms will be available in the next five years—2,000 short of the number needed to care for the refugees arriving In the northwest in the last 18 months.