During the 1930s, with the nation in the iron grip of the Great Depression, obtaining employment was exceptionally difficult for laborers. One of the ways President Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome this was by forming the Works Progress Administration. The WPA is widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing.
Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings. Many of these structures still exist today and continue to benefit society. Among these workers was unemployed coal miner John Henry Goins, seen here with his wife Mary (Minerd) Goins, of Rendville and Zanesville, Ohio, of the family of Stephen T. and Lucy (Hill) Minerd.
Other known members of the extended Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor clan to have benefited from WPA employment include:
Pennsylvania: Clarence Thomas Helterbran Sr. (Fort Necessity) - Myron L. Queer - William Layhue - Harry Brady - Charles Franklin Rankin Sr. - Thomas Ira Gribble Jr. - Patrick Joseph Doyle - George Elmer Minerd - Alva E. Crayton - Arthur Paul Ream - John Thomas Lytle - William Lytle
Ohio: Claude Thomas Minerd
Delaware: Arthur Davis Laughery
Kansas: Austin "Dale" Mansfield