Mary Allaband Erekson writes about her grandmother, Jessie Flanagan, & mother Hazel
grandmother, mother, and her brothers and sisters moved to South
Camden in 1922 so Granmom could get work at Campbell Soup. Granmom,
Jessie Flanagan, worked there for a little over 40 years. She
was raising her four children alone because she put her husband out
for cheating on her.
family lived on Locust Street most of the time but moved whenever they
could find cheaper rent. My mother, Hazel Flanagan, quit school in the
ninth grade and took care of her brothers and sisters full time.
Granmom worked a lot of hours and was glad to get them, especially during the Depression years. Uncle Lester said some days all they had to eat were potatoes and they were glad to have them.
mother cleaned houses to help out with money. She loved her time
during these years. Mom said, even though they had very little it
didnít seem so bad since everyone else was struggling as well.
time she and Granmom walked up Broadway and waited with a crowd of
people outside to see Red Skelton. When he came out all the people
shouted and waved, He was carrying an arm full of roses and had a huge
smile on his face. He waved back at everyone and stopped to give a
lady a rose. The ducking into a waiting car he was off.
bought a brand new Victrola with some records for the family. She made
weekly payments on it. Mom and her friend would roll up the rug in the
living room and dance.
neighbor lady taught mom how to make a ladyís suit from a manís
mother married David Allaband in Camden. My parents had eight of their
ten children there before moving to Bellmawr looking for a bigger
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