Van Reed discusses her parents' arrival in Philadelphia in 1913, different neighborhoods in Hershey, and aspects of her childhood, which she terms, "a nightmare." Father worked in creamery, mother in "knockout;" as a child she worked in Hershey Cafeteria, later in factory. Recreation included visits to Hershey Park on Sundays, shows at Theater with father, religious celebrations. Graduate of Central Penn Business School, employee of Middletown Air Force base. First husband killed by lightning while working on High Point in 1940.