Pat Arnold


Have you heard this story of the bonus marchers that came to Washington in 1932? The bonus marchers, they were veterans of World War I and the government had promised them this money, bonus money.

They kept puttin' 'em off and puttin' 'em off. I think Hoover was president at that time, MacArthur was in charge of the army, and I think Eisenhower had a part in it too at that time. Well, anyway, they chased 'em out of Washington 'cause they'd camped on the monument grounds.

They all came down here. They were all really, really pitiful. They brought the families with 'em and they had these old cars, just like Okies. They came here for that money and things were bad and they would demand it. They didn't get it that time, they got a little bit later on.

We took 'em in. Had to feed them, 'cause they were in really bad shape. We used to have to keep 'em for two or three weeks, then we'd get another bunch. But people were like that in those days. They'd take anybody in, help 'em and feed 'em, but you don't see a lot of that today.

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