Rosalie Johnson


Interviewed by Auvry Johnson, 3/14/19

Rosalie Johnson: In Her Own Words

Hi my name is Auvry Johnson and I interviewed my great grandma, who I call nana in real life, her name is Rosalie Johnson and her unmarried name is Rosalie Krenek.

During the depression time, I remember that it was hard for us to get food, because you had to get a book and you had to have a stamp because everything was rationed. You had a stamp to get your shoes, we used stamps to buy groceries like sugar, coffee, flour, and if you didn’t have stamp you couldn’t buy it.
Of course we didn’t have much money, daddy was raising cotton, we raised a lot of our food, momma canned everything that we had, we had a big garden it had potatoes, sweet potatoes, and we picked grapes, blackberries. Momma baked pies. We killed a hog and kept it for the whole winter. We had chickens that momma killed on sundays. At that time when we were little we didn’t have electric lights, except the heater which we always had to get wood for.
I remember that they gave us toys for christmas, there were three of us, I had a sister and a brother. Wherever we went, we went on a wagon, and sometimes we had to walk.
After the Depression we moved to College Station, and my daddy went to work on a chicken farm. That’s when we really started school. We had to walk to catch the bus. I was about seven or eight when I started first grade. I don’t got out of the first grade because we didn’t really have the clothing, the shoes, and things that we needed to wear to school.

Question: Do you feel like your parents were your heroes back then?

Yes, I thought that Momma and Daddy did real good raising us. And of course we didn’t have anything like kids do today. We didn’t have a TV. When we played, we played in the trees. WE played hide-and-go seek. We played Any Over with the ball throwing it over the house. And we played chase. We played hopscotch. We played jump rope. I don’t think kids do that today. I think they all just have a phone and they play on their phone. But we didn’t know what anything like that was.
Just not having anything I was used to not having anything.