SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD WORK, ACTIVITIES, & MARRIAGE
Emma Snodgrass>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 22
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- FAMILY BACKGROUND
- Emma came to Pawnee at age twelve from MO Ozarks. Farm located south of Pawnee. Dad thought he could farm better up here. Took out peach trees and planted beans.
- CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
- Went through elementary school in Missouri, Waltonville, and Pawnee. Walked three miles to school in the Ozarks.
- CHILDHOOD WORK
- Emma spent teen years working. Worked for old lady for $1 a week. Worked picking worms and suckers off tobacco crop for a neighbor. Kids earned 25 cents a day and dinner. She bought a corset with her pay.
- Emma met her husband, Bruce, at an ice skating party. She did not skate and some other boys were trying to make her skate when he fell and hit her between the eyes with his skate blade. Then they met again when his mother was ill and his father came to her house to ask for a daughter's help to nurse her. His father told Bruce she would make a fine wife. She was dating his nephew, but decided to date only Bruce when he asked her.
- They married in a courthouse ceremony in Springfield in 1908 when she was 21. Went home that night, Thanksgiving. Husband's father died and from then on Bruce had to do all the chores. Story about how she almost didn't marry him at the last minute because she feared she might not get along with mother and sisters in the house. He promised that if they did not get along, he would buy the little farm next door for her and himself.