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Bear’s Grandma Shares Some Stories For The Grandma Diaries

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I just wanted to share with you guys a very special lady in my life. My Grandma Zona. She has been a BIG part of my life ever since I can remember. She is almost 97 years old now.  Since her daughter moved to Hillsborough Oregon we made the decision  to move her to Tri Cities so that somebody can keep a closer eye on her. Grandma is at Avalon Health Care in Pasco. The great part about her being here is that I get to sneak away from work for a little bit every week and see her. The stories that she shares are amazing.

The story that she shared this week was her growing up and graduating from high school. She was born and raised in Halfway Oregon outside of Baker City. She was an only child and they were dirt poor. As she puts it “They didn’t have a pot to pee in and didn’t have a window to throw it out of!” They moved to Portland in 1926. She was about 11 years old. Her mother worked for a department store known as OW&K. Then came the Great Depression. That  as in 1929. OW&K went under and her mom went to work at Meier and Frank and her dad worked part time as a janitor. Grandma worked too. She remembers riding the street car to and from work and school and helping to support the family.

Her first real job came in 1934 when she was offered a full-time job making $40 a week working at the International Harvester Company. She said that was the happiest day she could ever remember. WEll, until her favorite grandson was born.

As she shares her stories with me I will update you with The Grandma Diaries

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