The next memories that I have of my childhood are associated with the time after we moved back to Screven, GA and lived on the rental farm (the Preacher Tyre farm) near my grandfather Miller’s farm. While we were living there my sister Hilda had become very sick and had surgery which was conducted by our local Dr. Tyre whose office was in Screven, Ga. She had a disease called pleurisy and Dr. Tyre removed a part of her rib as treatment for the pleurisy. After her surgery, I remember watching my mother dress Hilda’s surgical wound and while doing that I nearly fainted from seeing the open wound. I think my sister Maxine who was also watching Mom dressing the wound also became faint and we had to leave the room.
While we were living in the rental farm around 1935 or 36 everything was very difficult for our family due to the slow recovery from the recession the US was still experiencing. For most families in that part of the country, there was very little cash available and only enough to buy the absolute necessities for the family’s survival and anything needed for work on the farm. Our family had very little money, did not have an automobile to travel, and had to use a mule and wagon for our transportation. Our Miller Grandparents did have a truck that was used on the farm and it was also used by all members of the families to go to church, to go to Screven and buy groceries and clothing, as well as travel back occasionally to Emanuel County as we would visit the relatives of both Grandma Miller and our Canady relatives.