Document discoveries offer insights into history


April 12, 2023

Courtesy of Linn County

This document from the 1930s offer a view of life at that time as revealed by court actions.

High school history classes teach us about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, which drove poor families from the Midwest to California and other western states in search of jobs.

But we seldom think about the daily lives of people who were already in places like Linn County, where life was difficult and money was hard to come by.

But staff in Linn County Sheriff's Office's civil division found official documents offering a peek into these hard times: court warrants.

Capt. Jeff Schrader said the documents were found in a file cabinet by his predecessor, Tammy Woods.

"They were in pack...

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