Rotten Apples

Frank Van Auken, Interviewed by Drew Ulrich, November 16, 2012

Location of Interview: East Springfield, NY

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Frank Van Auken is a life-long resident of East Springfield, New York. He was born in 1920 in the house in which he currently lives. In this clip he talks about the difficulties of preserving food before his family had a refrigerator.

FVA: The canned goods never spoiled, but you get carrots, potatoes, and onions and that stuff and apples. Apples were hard to keep because if one started all the rest of them would go after awhile. We started eating up the apples that were rotting and as a result we ate rotten apples all winter long.

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