Reader Mkjon writes :
Since I am 94 years old, I remember the 1930’s real unwell. In addition to the heat we were living through the longest drought of the century, as well as being in the Great Depression. I lived in Minnesota near a 7 mile long lake which lost so much water that at the bathing beach we had to walk about 600 feet to reach the water.
That was before the days of Air Conditioning and we did not even have an electric fan. Just driving on flat ground, the water in the radiator in our car got to boiling. Whenever we stopped at a filing station to get gas the attendant would automatically add water to our radiator.