Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Thrilled of Missouri can be found on page 13.
The potential for conflict in Europe was escalating in August 1935 as tensions between Germany and other weary European nations became strained. In France, Prime Minister Pierre Laval was facing economic pressures from his failing socialist policies, compounded by his failure to prevent the failure of the Austrian bank Creditstadt, whose bankruptcy set off a continent wide depression a few years prior. In the midst of weeks long strikes throughout multiple sectors of France’s economy, Laval chose to threaten to dissolve France’s parliament and implement a dictatorship in order to ensure economic austerity measures were enacted.
In the United States, a large socially change was enacted when Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. While there were later a number of amendments made to this original piece of legislation, the Social Security Act laid the foundations for America’s modern welfare programs. Taxes were levied on incomes and employers to develop a national fund to protect the elderly from economic insecurity and to provide a security net to the unemployed. Within the next few years a series of court cases surrounding Social Security were decided, including: Flemming vs. Nestor, which decided that Social Security contributors and recipients had no contractual rights to Social Security benefits: Helvering vs. Davies, which decided that the proceeds of both employer and employee taxes are to be paid to the Treasury like internal-revenue taxes, and are not ear marked in any way.
Thrilled's letter to the editor sounds absolutely fabulous, building your own home on 35 acres with riverside access all debt free, that's too good to be true these days. But I suppose I'm romanticizing the idea of homesteading. Thrilled doesn't mention all the times something went wrong, or a project took forever to finish, or the river flooding or crop failing. While I envy Thrilled and the simplicity of country life, I need to remind myself to be thankful for all of the amenities of modernity and to be content with the blessings I currently have.
The Lola block is easy enough and rather self explanatory. I did list the A HST's a little larger than is actually necessary so give you some wiggle room just in case. Remember to trim the block down to 6" when you're finished piecing and pressing!
A (2) 3 3/4 x 3 3/4" cut into HST's
B (4) 1 1/4 x 3 1/4"
C (4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"
D (4) 2 x 2"