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Published:May 5th, 2012 18:19 EST

"gOld" Nuggets: On Money and Wealth

By Harry J. Getzov


Roscoe Shipley (88) -- Kansas City, Missouri

roscoepic_1"No questions asked. No collateral, no anything."

Roscoe was born in 1919 in Mount Moriah, Missouri and he loved telling story after story about
what life was like growing up in a farming community during the Great Depression. He explained
how the special ties between people served to guide many through those grueling years, when we
had to go and hunt down a nickel just to buy another loaf of bread. "

Roscoe explains how when the Depression came along, the owner of Mount Moriah`s only hardware store had found himself repeatedly borrowing from the bank. The man was doing his best to move forward, which he was able to do until the bank finally decided that they had gone as far as they could go with him money-wise. So this man started checking around with his friends, and my grandfather happened to be one of his friends, " Roscoe explains. Now, the story I heard was that my grandfather loaned this gentleman $500, just like that. No questions asked. No collateral, no anything. And there were others who did that same thing for this man, which allowed him to keep going with the store a little while longer."

"As it turned out, the handwriting was pretty much already on the wall; it was pretty obvious the man would have to shut down. So, after he finally decided to close up shop, he told these people who had loaned him money to come to the store and pick out whatever they could use, which was a pretty good deal," Roscoe said, smiling. "I remember my grandfather got a four-burner kerosene cook-stove. That was all he ever received out of that. But, you see, that`s how people dealt with one another back then. That`s how they all supported one another. It was very close-knit that way."

"I`ll tell you something: I can`t for the life of me understand how our younger generation would ever make it through another depression like that; I don`t think people relate to one another in that same way."

Harry J. Getzov is the founder of Eldercation -- an organization committed to changing the way our culture views aging and older people. He is also the author of the newly released best-selling book, "gOld:€ The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations" - Available at

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