SEGMENT: FARM ORGANIZATIONS, LIVESTOCK, & ACTIVITIES

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SEGMENT: FARM ORGANIZATIONS, LIVESTOCK, & ACTIVITIES,

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LIVESTOCK
Took beef calves Chicago stock yards to sell. Got off school for the day and enjoyed the experience.
CROPS
Straw used for bedding and feed for sheep. Pasture land for livestock. Oats not for sale, she thinks.
FARM ORGANIZATIONS
Mother was 4-H leader. Everyone joined at age 10, out when you were 21. Girls club and boys club, you could join both. Girls club was sewing and cooking. Boys club was livestock. Joanne showed sheep. Brother and sister showed rabbits. Butchered rabbits themselves and sold to grocery store in LaSalle. Hung them in cob shed.
LIVESTOCK
Went to Earlville Locker Plant when they had to butcher anything else. Describes story about a bloated cow that a neighbor came to butcher at their farm so the meat wouldn't go bad.
CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
City kids were scouts, rural kids were 4-H. Recalls the 3 day fair at the end of every summer to model their sewing/baking they had done. Today they separate home economics from livestock, but Joanne prefers the old way. Mother was active in judging brownies etc.
FARM ORGANIZATIONS
Father belonged to Farm Bureau and The Grange and was a Mason.
CHURCH
Family very involved in Church. Rural church was a mile and a half from home, still in use. Family went to church every Sunday and Sunday school. Church activities, church night suppers, box social as fund raisers.
CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
Church as social activity. Juvenile Grange was fun. They had officers and social at end of year. Juvenile grange meetings, describes ceremony. Describes typical school day. Bus by 7am home by 4