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Lodi’s homeless encampment emptied in 1933

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Posted: Friday, April 3, 2015 8:38 pm

In the summer of 1933 times were hard. People in Lodi and all over the nation keenly felt the desperation of the Great Depression where jobs, food, clothing and even shelter were difficult for many to afford.

During the Depression’s bleakest years from 1930 to 1934, Lodi closed its banks for a few days. Some businesses failed. Lodi women formed sewing circles and made clothes for the needy. Barrels for food donations were placed in grocery stores. Lodi barbers gathered together at one point and offered free haircuts to disadvantaged men.

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