SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD WORK, CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, & FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Charles Hartke>LPL Interviews A-M>LPL Interviews A-J, Segment 10

SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD WORK, CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, & FAMILY ACTIVITIES,

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CHILDHOOD WORK
Scooped the silage out and deliver to cattle. Fed hay, bedding, loaded bales. Frank did the chicken houses. Girls baled, milked with Surge equipment. Grandfather took employees and family to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield to see new equipment.
ELECTRIFICATION
Grandfather built a line to CIPS.
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Plain Tree one-room-school. Twenty-eight kids. Teresa Hoffman was the teacher. Five Hartkes. You learn responsibility and independence. Older boys did school chores like sweeping, bringing in coal and water. Rode a bike or walked the two miles to school. Consolidated into Teutopolis in 1956. Took a bus. In the public schools, the Catholic nuns were teachers. Bus ran an hour early. Had catechism or mass for a hour.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Lots of company on weekends and holidays. He swept the chicken poop off the sidewalks.