First big dust storm of Dirty ’30s still stands outA dark cloud approached from the northwest, like nothing anyone had seen before. A terrible wind brought the cloud closer.
It was the first time Grace (Holan) Satterlee saw a dust storm and it was an ominous beginning to an era of drought, blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and livestock starvation.
“Nobody knew what it was,” she recalled.
Recently, Satterlee, 87, sat in a chair in her apartment at Avera Brady Assisted Living in Mitchell and recalled memories of the Great Depression and the decade that became known as the Dirty ’30s. She has a nonchalant approach to telling her childhood memories: never bitter and never self-pitying, even though so many of her recollections are about her family’s struggles.
By: Mari Olson, The Daily Republic