SEGMENT: WEATHER, HEALTH, & TRANSPORTATION
Winfred Mills>UIS Collection K-M>UIS Collection K-M, Segment 13
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- Nothing but dirt roads. At times even horse-trip to Sherman was impossible. Mentions difficulty of getting milk to Sherman for train shipment to Springfield Hospitals due to Sangamon River flooding. Discussion of road maintenance today. "We lived just far enough off the road for it to be quiet." "Them kids like to romp."
- Mentions bad winter in 1918-1919 that made caring for livestock hard. Drought & heat wave of 1954. Chickens & rabbits dying in sheds from heat, so friend just let them go free. Corn just cooked in the fields. No tornadoes, but a few good hailstorms. Never really felt isolated due to weather, just didn't go to town to "loaf." Horses could go just about anywhere.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Mother sewed some clothes. Some clothes & shoes bought in town.
- Mentions scarlet fever again. Story of scarlet fever crippling one boy. Discussion of farm-accidents. Winfred broke his hand. Story of doctor being afraid that setting his broken bones would make them unusable. Wife, referred to as "mother", put hand in gauze after doctor sent him home. Mentions home remedies including goose-grease, turpentine, & kerosene.