IamA 99 year old woman who helped her mother make bootlegged alcohol in Chicago during the Prohibition, and then lived through 2 World Wars, the Great Depression, and a lot of other history. AMA!
Hello Reddit! My great-granddaughter is here typing my answers to these questions, so ask away! I'll try to answer as many as I can, but there are some things that I don't remember very well.
I was born in 1914 in a house in Chicago. We lived in a neighborhood we called "Back of the Yards", and my family members worked in the nearby stockyards. When the Prohibition started (and the Depression followed), I helped my mother make and sell bootlegged whiskey called "hooch" from our house to make money for our family. I also remember a little about the "Century of Progress" World's Fair that was in Chicago in the 1930's! I have traveled all over the world, started a family, and found the time to retire at the age of 96. Ask me anything!
EDIT: HI GUYS! Sorry we've been out, my great-grandma went out for a quick shopping break, because we thought we'd have a little while until there were more questions; but this blew up faster than we thought! She'll be home soon, and we'll answer your questions by tonight!
EDIT2: I'll try to answer some of your questions until she gets back, I know a lot from stories she's told and also from an interview I did with her a few years ago. I'll elaborate more with her answers.
EDIT3: Sorry for the delays in getting her answers. We're answering these as fast as we can, please stay patient with us! We'll do more tonight, and she said she'd like to answer more later in the week if we can get to it, so we'll try to respond to as many as we can within the next few hours and days. Thank you for your patience this far!
EDIT4: Thanks everyone! We tried to get to as many as we could, but we have a big day tomorrow and want to be done early. We'll come back to it in the coming days (and maybe weeks, if we get interested again), so keep checking for an answer! She had a great time, thanks for all of your great questions!
UPDATE: Thank you all for making this successful! I was contacted yesterday by a writer from the Huffington Post to let us know that she had done a write up of this AMA! We're here to answer a few more questions that you guys have sent, thank you again so much for all of your questions and feedback!
UPDATE 2: http://imgur.com/a/AYq6R we put together a picture album across her life, check it out!