THE EVOLUTION OF WORK RELIEF
IN 1929 William Holstein was working as a bookkeeper for W. Westcott and Company, Investment Brokers. His salary was $45 a week, he owned a few stocks, and he usually got a good bonus at Christmas. And he and Mrs. Holstein lived very comfortably in a four-room apartment in the West Seventies.
The only real worry that Mr. Holstein had at this time was his age. He was approaching sixty-five and although he still felt spry enough and knew that his work was satisfactory, he found himself waking up in the night wondering how long before some fresh little squirt just out of college would be edging him out of his job. He couldn't think just how he and Mary would make out after this happened.
It wasn't that they were extravagant, they weren't. But the rent on the apartment cost money and so did the girl whom Mrs. Holstein had in three days a week to help her with the housework since she had had that bad attack two years ago, and then there were the doctor's bills.
Sometimes Mr. Holstein wondered if he shouldn't