SEGMENT: FAMILY FARM, FOOD & MEALS, & NEIGHBORS
Archibald Dunn>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 9
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- FAMILY FARM
- When father died mother owned 1/3 of farm and Mr. Dunn owned 2/3. Father paid $22,000 for farm in 1889. Bought horses and then walking plows for $16 because riding plows were $27 and he could not afford them. Plowed hedge fences, which helped land. Grandmother hid food from grandchildren. Remembers eating an entire apple pie and getting sick. One aunt baked pies and the other baked cookies and cakes. Grandmother would sit in a rocking chair and sew quilt pieces. Grandmother was "the boss" and after dinner at noon she would keep flies off the children with a fan while they slept. Flies were a very big problem, but they are not as prevalent now. Thinks spraying cattle and lots has killed the flies and mosquitoes. Termites are worse, but they are easier to get rid of now.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Sold cream and eggs but had a hard time finding someone to buy because buyers sometimes said the eggs and cream were spoiled. Grain and soybeans are harder to sell. Grandmother bought lots of mackerel in a barrel at a time, but he didn't like it. All groceries were in barrels.
- Discusses the management of the mill in Chandlerville and their relatives. Describes a German immigrant family whose nephew wanted to marry the mill owner's daughter.