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Haab's 1934-era "Thank You" Dinner, October 1988 Photographer: Robert Chase

Haab's 1934-era "Thank You" Dinner, October 1988 image
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Ann Arbor News, October 18, 1988
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OLD FASHIONED PRICES -- Folks line up for modern food at 1934 prices in Ypsilanti at Haab's 8th annual "thank you" to the community. Below, a co-owner Mike Kabat rings up a total of $4.21 for a 5 person lunch. A torrential downpour on Monday night made only a small dent in the crowd that flocked to the restaurant for the anniversary dinner. A total of 1,594 people took advantage of the rolled back prices. Chicken dinners sell for 50 cents, while barbecue sandwiches are sold for 25 cents. 1,210 chicken dinners were sold along with 113 barbecue sandwiches. The average diner spent $1.18 on a meal, because beverages, cocktails and other food items were at regular prices. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Depression era prices were only good Monday.

Haab's 1934-era "Thank You" Dinner, October 1988 Photographer: Robert Chase

Haab's 1934-era "Thank You" Dinner, October 1988 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, October 18, 1988
Caption
OLD FASHIONED PRICES -- Folks line up for modern food at 1934 prices in Ypsilanti at Haab's 8th annual "thank you" to the community. Below, a co-owner Mike Kabat rings up a total of $4.21 for a 5 person lunch. A torrential downpour on Monday night made only a small dent in the crowd that flocked to the restaurant for the anniversary dinner. A total of 1,594 people took advantage of the rolled back prices. Chicken dinners sell for 50 cents, while barbecue sandwiches are sold for 25 cents. 1,210 chicken dinners were sold along with 113 barbecue sandwiches. The average diner spent $1.18 on a meal, because beverages, cocktails and other food items were at regular prices. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Depression era prices were only good Monday.
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Legacies Project Oral History: Wanda Capps

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:24am

Wanda Capps was born in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Polish immigrant parents. As a young woman, Capps worked as a bank clerk and saved money to go to Illinois College, where she met her husband. After stints in Nebraska, Alabama, and Detroit, they settled in Ann Arbor with their three children. Her husband worked in a pharmaceutical laboratory. The family enjoyed traveling and spent summers in Grand Traverse Bay. She enjoys quilting and volunteering in the library at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community.

Wanda Capps was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2008 as part of the Legacies Project.

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Legacies Project Oral History: Thomas Overmire

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:21am

Thomas G. Overmire was born 1926 in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was a banker and the family saw firsthand the difficulties caused by the Great Depression. He served in the army during World War II before getting his BA from Indiana University in Bloomington. Overmire’s evolving career included teaching high school biology, getting his PhD, serving as a college dean, working at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, and writing a biology textbook, The World of Biology (1986). He and his wife Joan have two sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren. He enjoys playing piano and bridge.

Thomas Overmire was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.

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Legacies Project Oral History: Peggy de Vries

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 9:16am

Peggy Jenny Winick was born in 1920 to Russian immigrant parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her father, George Winick, worked in the metal industry. Following the Great Depression, she worked part-time to help rebuild the family’s livelihood. In 1945 she married Gerritt W. de Vries and they moved to Ann Arbor so that he could attend the University of Michigan School of Architecture & Design. Peggy worked in photo finishing and printing at Ivory Photo. The de Vries had three children, and they retired in Lake Leelanau. She passed away in 2010.

Peggy de Vries was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2010 as part of the Legacies Project.

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Legacies Project Oral History: Joan Dickson

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:13am

Joan Dickson was born in 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska. Although her father had a secure job with AT&T, she remembers the severe effects of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. After attending college in Iowa, she got married and moved to Waterloo, Iowa. She raised four children and was active in volunteering throughout her life. After divorcing her first husband in 1990, she remarried and moved to Michigan. She enjoys traveling and taking art classes.

Joan Dickson was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2008 as part of the Legacies Project.