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

Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 3

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

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LIVESTOCK
Bert's dad had 3 cows for milk cows plus 3 calves. All farms needed at least 4 horses.
FARMING METHODS
Discusses leveling of ground with drags (2 6x6 wooden beams pinned together) pulled by 4 horses. Also a colt or two.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Did not have many tools. Had or borrowed corn-planter.
LIVESTOCK
Shipped veal calves - valuable meat to Jews. Never had corn to sell. All corn went to livestock. Butchered all meat in fall. Pickled beef in brine.
FOOD & MEALS
Lots of beef sandwiches.
LIVESTOCK
Describes butchery of livestock. Shot with shotgun. Had meat for winter. Bacon & hams for summer. Salted pork to keep it from spoiling. Hogs took 6 weeks to cure. Describes smoking meat in smokehouse. Mentions man who had house burned down when ham fell into fire at night. "Foolish to do it [smoke] at night." Describes use of dry salt vs. using brine salt.
FOOD & MEALS
Use of dry salt required a lot of brushing off of salt. Fried meat in egg batter.
LIVESTOCK
Grocers bought chickens & eggs & hams in particular. Mother also raised geese for feather beds.
WOMEN'S WORK
Mother made feather beds.
FOOD & MEALS
Goose for Thanksgiving.
LIVESTOCK
Had turkeys on Ed Gerlach Farm. Talks of trouble finding hen turkey's nest to get young turkeys.