SEGMENT: FARM WORK & FARM HOUSE
Jessie Ruth Saiter>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 2
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- FARM WORK
- Talks about farm life in April. It was warm & they could go barefooted. Men would haul all wood they cut during the winter to wood lot. Children made "castles" in wood lot. Mother would incubate her baby chicks.
- Describes cooperative neighborhood netting of fish. Men from neighborhood would use nets to fish for quillback in Big Creek in April. Fish put in gunny sacks & divided among neighbors. Men would gut fish. Had fish at each meal at that time of year. Mother stored some fish in salt. Men enjoyed this group activity.
- CHILDHOOD WORK
- On hot days children took cattle to creek.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Wild Plants; Beets; Wild Mustard; Dandelions; Dock; Making Soap
- FARM WORK
- Men were planting corn & sowing oats. Oats used to feed horses.
- Mentions making of new carpet, feather & straw ticks. Describes making & laying of rag carpet underlain by straw-ticks. Always had to re-paper walls each year because of washing, cooking inside that dirtied walls. Curtains were starched & pressed. Spring was a renewal of the house.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Mentions rhubarb & asparagus coming from garden in spring. "Actually, there was no time that we didn't have really good food."