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Old 11-13-2007, 10:06 AM   #31
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That's a very interesting article, Bob. Grandpa was able to hold on to his farm for a long time, but he did finally lose it. The family blamed it on his drinking.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:32 AM   #32
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The Great Depression was extremely hard, especially on the small family farm.
At 8 cents for a bushel of corn, 3 cents for Hogs, and 5 cents for beef, it is no wonder it tooks it's toll on so many people lives.

I know it was a common practice (at least here in the South) of neighbor helping neighbor. At hog killing time, (January or February, and the colder the better) Two, three or four familys would join together at one family house to kill two or three hogs. It was an all day process, butchering, rendering lard, cooking cracklings, preparing meat to cure, etc. The day usually ended with a big meal prepared by the women folk. Also everyone took home some fresh meat for the table. A week or so later they would be at someone else's house doing the same thing. It made it easier on each family to have the help of others. It was a social good time as well a productive time. I'm sure the men folk especially had a good time, going to the barn every so often to have a few "pulls' on the jug!
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:32 AM   #33
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Carolyn, straw comes from wheat or oats.

About canning--my grandma did hers outside, mostly. Can you imagine how hot a kitchen would get with a woodstove and big kettles of boiling water, on a Missouri August afternoon?
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:44 AM   #34
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Carolyn, straw comes from wheat or oats.

About canning--my grandma did hers outside, mostly. Can you imagine how hot a kitchen would get with a woodstove and big kettles of boiling water, on a Missouri August afternoon?
Ouch!! My mother related a story of canning in the first couple of years she was married. Small house, small kitchen, wood stove. Her back was to the stove while at the sink. She wound up blistering her back!!

Isn't it odd/strange/funny how young people sometimes want to "go back to the good old days".. I tell them, these are the good old days. Wait a few years and you will see.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:45 AM   #35
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Connie, here is a link to the Nelson Pioneer Farm website, located just north of Oskaloosa Iowa. One picture is of its summer kitchen and canning equipment..
Nelson Pioneer Farm Online Tour
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:38 AM   #36
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That's a great site, Beth. Thank you very much!

Grandma did her canning outside, too, Sparrowgrass. It gets just as hot in Iowa as it does in the south...the summers are just shorter.

Bob, one thing writing this book is doing for me is making me appreciate being the modern conveniences we have. I'd already spent enough time loading coal and carrying clinkers when I had my first greenhouse to make me appreciate being able to flick a switch and turn on the heat or AC, But imagine having to build a fire in the cook stove to fix a cup of coffee!

Neighbors helped neighbors up in Iowa, too.
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:27 PM   #37
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I musta been thinking about you when I hit the library yesterday--look for
"Little Heathens" by Mildred Kalish. It is the story of growing up on a farm during the depression, just full of all the things you are asking about.

Also, for a look at dust bowl/depression life, "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:35 PM   #38
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I would love to read a book on country doctors Im sure they never got rich as doctors do today.I think they truly wanted to help in those days and sacrificed alot to do it.God bless them all.
DH gave me this for Christmas last year: Amazon.com: An Irish Country Doctor: Books: Patrick Taylor

I loved it.
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Ouch!! My mother related a story of canning in the first couple of years she was married. Small house, small kitchen, wood stove. Her back was to the stove while at the sink. She wound up blistering her back!!

Isn't it odd/strange/funny how young people sometimes want to "go back to the good old days".. I tell them, these are the good old days. Wait a few years and you will see.
Another book I enjoyed: Amazon.com: The Good Old Days--They Were Terrible!: Books: Otto Bettmann
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Constance-
My Dad's family were all farmers in Southern Illinois. Where about are you?
He's from Chester, home of Popeye.
I remember my Grandpa talking about making head cheese alot. From a pig head. Other than that they all spoke in German, something that bugged my Grandpa because he wanted his kids to learn English as thier 1st language, he thought it was about time being 3rd generation Americans.
I'm not helping any, I'll go away now.
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