Some families took in boarders because they paid for a bed and food, giving the families extra money.
The houses everyone lived in were in bad conditions, there were leaks and many times the roof was falling apart.
But, Polish-American women wanted their houses to be clean and neat, in other words they were proud of their houses.
The women would plant flowers and decorate their houses with beautiful things.
What Was Church and School Like?
Church was a very important part of a Polish immigrant’s life.
Many people gave money to build churches and schools.
Most Polish-Americans were catholic, so they built many catholic schools.
On Sunday mornings everyone went to church.
Not many kids went to school, so if you went to school it was a privilege and if you did go to school you usually only went till 6th grade, and at that point you worked.
What Were New Jobs?