Monday, January 13 2014, 08:48 AM MST
Web Exclusive: Growing Up Poor
Shauna Lake: Do you remember how you felt as a young boy not having all your needs met? Was that a scary feeling?
Jon Huntsman Sr.: It was more embarrassing than it was scary. I don't think I was wise enough to be scared because we never had known anything else. I mean when you go from Blackfoot to Thomas Idaho to living in huts they are all kind of lowest level facilities; but I could never invite any friends over. I never had a home or a place you could invite anyone because they were all just terrible lowest types of living conditions. My mother and I would go to the meat market when it was closed and the meat man would give us the scraps and mother would make wonderful stew and sometimes he'd give us actual meat and we would just scrap by. We would come go hunting because if we didn't have our deer we couldn't eat in the winter. I know it sounds probably a little excessive in a sense that people come from these backgrounds but I believe a lot of people from my era came from these backgrounds.
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