SEGMENT: FARM WORK & WOMEN'S WORK
Jessie Ruth Saiter>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 2
- States how winter weather used to be predictable compared to weather today.
- FARM WORK
- Discusses farm activities during month of March. Mentions that father did trial planting of his seed corn. Did not have hybrid seed. Mother saved her seeds for garden as well. Cabbage & tomatoes started in March.
- Mud in March. Couldn't get through roads in March. No gravel roads at that time. Mentions poll tax of $1 per man used to maintain roads.
- Secret to happiness is accepting things as they came.
- Describes sleeping arrangements in house & staying warm.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Mentions that her mother raised geese that were picked every 6wks for feathers to make comforters. Discusses discard of old & making new (clean & fluffy straw) straw-ticks that was the mattress. New straw-ticks made after fall threshing. Women would also collect shucks from corn to make straw-ticks. Mentions changing pillows in morning to make bedroom look prettier. Did not have bedspreads, but always had quilts. Describes grandmother's bed & bedding.