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MONEY MATTERS: Economic lessons from an experienced voice


by John Wilmer

EVANSDALE (KWWL) - Cutting back and saving is something that many people are having a hard time doing, but for those who lived through the Great Depression, it's just a way of life.

On Wednesday Albert Oleson turned 99 years old. Oleson grew up in eastern Iowa when times were really tough.

Albert Oleson treasures almost a century's worth of memories. On Wednesday he turned 99 years young. He has lived through a depression, raised a family and found a passion for old cars. During those decades he has also learned a lot.

"Work hard. Work hard. You have to work and you have to save. If you haven't got any money don't buy it," Oleson said.

During the depression his family struggled just like everyone else. Oleson says those days were far worse than today.

"The government could of helped the people like they do now, but they didn't help nobody. It was everybody for themselves," Oleson said.

Oleson doesn't hold a grudge about having to go through those tough times. He says it's those struggles that made him the man he is today.

"God's been awful good to me that's all I can say. I've damn near died several times. God has to be with you. I think there is a God. I know there's a God or I would have never made it," Oleson said.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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