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Color Blind, the Blog

Hard Times 5

Bismarck car dealer Neil Churchill built his dream semipro baseball team at the worst possible time in terms of financial viability. He paid players out of his own pocket and they performed superbly...but the team had difficulty drawing steady crowds large enough to cover Churchill's cash outlay.

Many families strained to make ends meets, leaving them little disposable income for leisure activities. Six percent of the population left the state during the Depression. This family packed up all they owned and drove west through Montana, in search of brighter prospects.

photo by Arthur Rothstein courtesy of the Library of Congress
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