Faith needed to survive dust storms, droughtIda Carpenter and her family relied on faith to sustain them during the 1930s, but she remembers when the relentless dust storms tried to take even that away from them.
“I can still see my mother sitting at the window on the south side where the sun would shine in,” Carpenter, a 92-year-old Mitchell resident, said during a November interview. “That Sunday afternoon, it was absolutely so dark that she could not see to read the Bible. It was just awful.”
Had that “black blizzard” been an isolated incident, it would have been bad enough. But during the “Dirty ’30s,” as the period is known to many of its South Dakota survivors, it was just another day.
By: Seth Tupper, The Daily Republic