Daviess County gets $10,000 New Relief Money (July 5, 1934)

In the third quarter of 1934, Daviess County residents were granted an additional $10,000 in relief funds. The funds were composed of three $2,500 payments, plus labor in payment of $2,500 in soybean seed which would complete the $10,000. The allotment would be distributed over the county to towns and townships on a population basis.

In the third quarter of 1934, Daviess County residents were granted an additional $10,000 in relief funds. The funds were composed of three $2,500 payments, plus labor in payment of $2,500 in soybean seed which would complete the $10,000. The allotment would be distributed over the county to towns and townships on a population basis.

For expenditures of the money, a large portion would continue to go for road and city street surfacing. At most county points, crushers still remained and the new work could begin where the C.W.A. left off. The new funds would be distributed under the F.E.R.A. (Federal Emergency Relief Agency).

One of the first projects Gallatin and the community planned to do was to surface the roads to the two cemeteries. Other work for the men was painting and cleaning of the county school houses. The usual wage of 30 cents per hour was still paid. To work, they had to be registered and in need of the labor. As far as the women were concerned, they would continue to work in the sewing rooms or do what other jobs they could do.

In addition to the above, Daviess County had been allotted 650 bushels of soybeans which would sell for $2.25 per bushel. The farmers could either pay cash or in labor on the relief projects. Keep in mind, soybean price was high when incomes were cheap. Town workers were making only 20 to 30 dollars at this time, while farm products were at an all time low.

Researched by Wilbur Bush