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Hard times hit everyone

George Gibbons, who lived in Prince George in the 1930s, said, in the 1930s few boys were able to finish high school. He knew of boys who, while they were in high school, or when they were finished, "were given a twenty dollar bill by their fathers and told to hit the road. There was just no work and their families couldn't afford to keep them and that was it… I think a lot of them would have left school by the time they were 16… When I graduated, I finished high school on the three year course in 1932 and there were no jobs of any kind…The forestry had summer jobs sometimes. If you were lucky you could get a few months' work in the summer. They were sort of make work projects."

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