From a collection of cards preserved by Miss Leona Hitchcock (1919-2009), below is a letter written by "Aunt" Leona that was preserved with the greeting card collection.
During the Great Depression, we lived in Pontiac, Michigan, and work was very scarce for everyone, especially carpenters. Emma Hitchcock's sister and brother-in-law, Lizzie and Ebbie Teskey, lived in Kalamazoo where work was more plentiful and persuaded Fred Hitchcock to come to their city. This he did and he obtained work as a carpenter and most of the time he lived at the Teskey home, traveling back to Pontiac on weekends. He was working on a house on Oakland Drived in Kalamazoo one day when the scaffolding collapsed and two men were thrown to the ground. My father was one, and he suffered a broken back. The other man was not seriously injured. My father was taken to Bronson Hospital where he was put into a plaster cast and forced to lie on this back for almost three months. The letters he wrote to his family during this time tell of his life in the hospital. My mother went to visit him several times. He was released from the hospital about December 1, 1931, but had to remain in Kalamazoo for several weeks until a special brace was made for him to wear. My mother spent those several weeks with him and they rented a room at 214 Woodward Avenue. One box of letters contains the Christmas cards the family received that year.
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