SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS, RECOLLECTIONS, & WOMEN'S WORK
Jessie Ruth Saiter>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 3
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- FARMING METHODS
- Discussion of husband's threshing business that lasted until 1930's. Thresher was steam-powered with separator. Wheat went into bins. Early tractor mentioned. Made very little money running the thresher. Husband was gone a long time threshing wheat in Grand Prairie near Paris. Threshing crew had a bunk-wagon, but they ate in the homes of those who hired them to thresh oats & wheat.
- FARM WORK
- Mentions that she did much farm work while husband was running threshing-crew.
- Mentions mother's "change of life problems" [menopause?]. Sex & birth control not discussed at all. First child was born in 1918. Husband & brother Herman were supposed to go to war, but his father needed him to help harvest crops. Then Armistice signed. Minimal effect of war on farm life. Roosevelt's New Deal did have an impact. We didn't have hardships because we just had to do what President says. Discussion of difference between people then and today. "They want so much & they don't want to work for it." Notes point system for rationing during WWII.