My grandmother grew up on a tobacco farm in Kentucky. They didn't have tractors, a car or electric in their home. She said she didn't know anything about the "Great Depression" until many years later when she moved to the city with my grandfather (after WWII). She said they were poor before, during and after the depression.
There were things to worry about back then. My great grandmother (her mom) almost died during the influenza outbreak. She was in bed for several months after.
Simple cuts could be life threatening and many diseases that today are treatable were death sentences back then.
On the other hand, the stresses we experience in our daily lives are huge compared to "back then".
I never lived on the farm. I've lived in the city and 'burbs all my life. I do very frequently fantasize about the life Lem led.