Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

July 26, 1947

On July 26, 1947, the Cleveland Call and Post profiled Henry Farmer, a U.S. Navy veteran, whose family was living in a garage. “Farmer served during the war on a transport, a destroyer and a mine sweeper,” the article noted. “His experiences would set a listener’s hair on end. However, to Farmer, the thrills were secondary; he was dreaming of the beautiful home with green shutters in the postwar era. Today, the discharged sailor, his wife, and three children, are living in a dark, damp, stench-ridden cubby-hole garage in the rear of 2350 E. 31st Street. His wife, Mrs. Oddie Bell Farmer, is disillusioned. She watches the rain leak into several pans on the matted floor. Home Sweet Home for this veteran and his family is a nightmare.” (Click to view article PDF.)

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