SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS, FARM WORK, & CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES

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SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS, FARM WORK, & CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES,

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FAMILY BACKGROUND
Don born in Kingston Township. Father English, mother German. Born 1918. Youngest of 3.
FARMING METHODS
Average livestock farm of 80 acres, farm crops and farm animals. Like most at that time farm was diversified. "We lived very well on farm." Farm machinery about 1925. Followed his father driving horse-drawn plow.
TRANSPORTATION
First car 1916 Dodge. Had a truck later to haul milk. When roads bad used sled or horse-drawn wagon. Had about 4 horses.
FARM WORK
Typical day for Don's father in the 1920's. Got up early (5am) milked cows (mother helped with milking), then breakfast, then to the fields. Mother never worked in fields. Traded labor with neighbors, the "threshing gang". Mother cooked for threshing gang. Took an hour off for lunch because horses needed to rest. Father would come in from fields about 4pm, have supper, then milk cows.
CHILDHOOD WORK
Typical day for Don as a boy.
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Walked to school. Carried lunch to school. School hours 9-3. After school helped with chores.
FOOD & MEALS
Farm breakfast consisted of fried potatoes, eggs, bacon or side-pork, milk, toast or bread, butter.
APPLICANCES
Ate canned pork, etc. Mother did canning.