A Family Pearl

The depression year of 1938 in Dickson City, PA had a firm grip on poverty and unemployment on our town people. It was a lack-luster of a period of time in my life. I managed to "eke-out" a living with odd jobs from time to time. I had a half sister, Pearl, who provided living quarters to me, although she had a family of five.

Pearl was my mother's daughter from her first marriage, when father married mother, Pearl and her brother, John Kozlowski, joined the Matuszewski clan. This all took place before I was born.

If there was any outstanding person who 'stood out' in adoration, it was my sister Pearl. Every family member had the deepest respect for her. Her education consisted of a few grades of elementary school. Her work was the labor of household domestic work most of her life. Pearl married Latzo Preambo in the year of 1924. Employment in the coal industry was very good. However, Latzo, though he worked steady, he had human fault of an accumulation of I.O.U.'s at the local beer gardens; so when payday arrived the wasn't much left for Pearl to supply her family with food and clothing, but she managed. With her wizardry of cooking she furnish us all with satisfying homemade meals. Pearl was not a church going person, yet she held to a deep religious belief. Perhaps, as I look back, it may have been a lack of personal wearing attire, she denied herself so that her family would receive the proper care in their growing young lives.

In 1938 the coal mines were almost at a standstill. Latzo worked on the W.P.A. My sister, Pearl, and her family were receiving Public Welfare, the family began to grow in numbers. Pearl, altogether raised ten (10) children. She was very adept as a seamstress, she could make that Singer sewing machine hum a sound like music in a symphony hall.

During the World War II years Latzo left his family to live on his own. Pearl found a job near home at a sewing factory that made female garments, that later was shipped to New York City in a completed form. This work place was a non-union shop controlled by a mobster syndicate. The workers were paid by a quota of press-work. Pearl managed to surpass the quota each and every day, thereby adding to her salary, but it took a lot of effort.

As the years went by, Pearl saw her family happily married. She retired and went to live with a daughter, Patricia, in Scranton PA.

In her 82nd year of life, the Lord called Pearl to his Kingdom for eternal rest.

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