With a little help from the internet

New documents added today: Bessie’s social security number application in 1936 and tax return from 1942. If only taxes were that simple today! Remember, the Social Security Act was signed into law in 1935.

I’m sure that the pundits would have something to say about a woman who was one of the earliest people to get a social security number receiving benefits until she was 108. Yet, most of the seniors I visit are very thankful for this. I don’t know what would happen to them if it didn’t exist.


About Shy Surmiser
Chicago resident since 1994.

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