Russ Czaplewski

Father and grandparents lived at New Deal project; grandfather employed by WPA

I am descended from a family that lived on the Resettlement Project at Loup City. The ‘Farmsteads’ as the project was better known, was one of eight Resettlement projects spread across Nebraska. The Loup City project was home to my grandparents and their growing family during an extended period of financial hardship. The project also impacted the lives of eighteen other resident couples. Some three dozen children were spread among those families. The Loup City farmsteads were an important chapter in the lives of my grandparents, uncles, an aunt, and my own father (who was under two years of age when his family was selected to move to the farmsteads). A fortunate discovery in my research was a short column of news items from the Loup City farmsteads to the local newspaper—written by my father’s oldest brother!

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