SEGMENT: WOMEN'S WORK, FOOD & MEALS, & CHILDHOOD WORK

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SEGMENT: WOMEN'S WORK, FOOD & MEALS, & CHILDHOOD WORK,

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FAMILY
Seven children in family. "I had a rough go. I had six sisters." Winfred born in 1898. Gives names of sisters.
CHILDHOOD WORK
"When they said to do it, we done it." If you did not do the work you got a whipping. "My mother like to beat me to death." Story about sister working in garden & Winfred was supposed to pick up onions that had dried, but he did not.
WOMEN'S WORK
Mother sold onions, eggs, butter, chickens, & many other vegetables in Springfield. "She was a regular peddler." Took horse-drawn wagon with produce to Springfield with sister. Mother & sister married 2 brothers & mother's sister died in railroad accident. Did shopping at Dockum & Dawson on North Grand Ave. in Springfield, IL where Noonan's Hardware store was located.
FOOD & MEALS
Foods kept in cellar. Mother did a lot of canning. In fall buried barrels of vegetables (cabbage) in ground to store. Had many berry patches & orchards. States fruit business is real business now requiring spraying to fight insects that were not a problem in past. Most of food eaten was grown on farm. Only bought sugar, coffee, & flour. Ate ham, beef, poultry.