StoryCorps: Remembering the Dust Bowl

Oct 31, 2013

Since 2003, StoryCorps has traveled the country recording conversations between friends and family. In September and October, the StoryCorps traveling booth was in Rapid City. Among those stopping by to share a conversation were Marilyn Bendt and her 92-year-old father Dean Myers.

Dean Myers
Credit StoryCorps

When he was 7 at the dawn of the Great Depression, Dean Myers' parents bought a farm in Gregory county in southern South Dakota near the Missouri River. Soon came the dust storms and plagues of grasshoppers. He and his older brother rode horses three miles to school and wore aviator goggles on windy days to protect their eyes from the flying pests and dust.