SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION, & HEALTH

Cliffie Smith Patterson>UIS Collection N-R>UIS Collection N-R, Segment 4

SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION, & HEALTH,

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FAMILY
Married after college, met husband through aunt's sister. Husband's first work was as a streetcar conductor in Springfield, but preferred living in country. Took a freight car with their horses and cows to live in Mt. Pulaski.
FARM BUSINESS
Lived five years on a farm found by brother-in-law, then sold the farm and wanted to rent another farm. Tells story about a man with a farm to rent who had to sell to his sister. Rented a farm between Mt. Pulaski and Latham for five years, then rented a farm closer to Mt. Pulaski for 32 years. Had to pay one year's tuition for their children to go to Mt. Pulaski schools instead of Latham schools. Landlord's grandsons inherited farm and were very kind to the family. Landlord's grandson's wives attended Ms. Patterson's husband's funeral.
FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION
Farmed during the Depression. Farmed on halves and paid $10 for the pasture. Kept dairy cows and sold cream but not milk. Kept chickens and sold eggs, and made butter. Kept a large garden, and had a freezer later on. Describes mother drying pumpkin.
HEALTH
Recalls father telling children that mother had died in the night. Father died of heart trouble, although his mother claimed he had exposure because he would ride across a river to get to and from schoolhouse and would come home with clothes wet or frozen to him. Father died young.