Bethlehem Press

Monday, September 16, 2019

Life during the Great Depression

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by JASON REHM in Local News

It took hard work, ingenuity

My grandfather, Woody Rehm, 88, grew up the sixth of seven children during the Great Depression. Like most families during that time, they were poor. The Rehms moved often, all over town and sometimes just down the street, looking for cheaper rent.

Work was scarce. Woody’s father, William, was a painter and his mother, Agnes, stayed at home.

Bethlehem in the 1920s and ’30s

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by JASON REHM in Local News

Merv Shiner remembers

Few places hold memories so dear as the neighborhoods we grew up in. No matter how long we’ve been away, or how much time has gone by, the sights and sounds of childhood always seem to leave their indelible mark.

At 98 years old, Mervin Shiner is a testament to this fact. His recollection of adolescence is as clear and vivid as ever. Several years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Merv about his childhood neighborhood in North Bethlehem, the same one I grew up in 70-some odd years later.