SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD WORK, FARM WORK, & RACE-RELATIONS
Alice Martin>UIS Collection K-M>UIS Collection K-M, Segment 10
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- CHILDHOOD WORK
- Irma discusses childhood work on the farm. She helped with housework. Later had to milk cows, take care of livestock, collect eggs, keep property clean, help with garden. Discusses daily farm activities, times of meals, etc. Went to bed when work was done. Helped mother with carpet & with baby. Father & boys took care of livestock as well. Farm was 133 acres.
- FARM WORK
- Irma discusses labor involved in work in past. Used walking plows. Father had sorghum mill. Grandfather brought sorghum mill knowledge from KY. Father raised his seed corn. Corn brought to Springfield & Rochester. Mentions taking big wagon to town.
- Mentions pastry shop, hitching post, watering trough for horses. Did not get to town very often & did not need to go to town often. Went to church in country.
- Sunday school teachers were white. This was educated church & did not experience discrimination at the church. Most people in church were leading members of community & landowners.