SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES, TRAPPING, & FAMILY
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- CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
- Sunday activities included riding horses, pitching horseshoes, playing ball, wrestling, swimming in creeks or area ponds. Discussion of childhood activities with neighbors. Swam in ponds & creeks.
- Discussion of how the subject and his brother made money trapping possum and skunks for their hides.
- States that church was a major factor in their lives and parents made the children go every Sunday. Mother would patch clothes, milk cows, make meals.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Mom made homemade biscuits every day because that is what the dad wanted. Boys did dishes.
- Use of a stove for heating, usually coal but some wood. Coal shed behind house where coal was stored to be used as fuel. Coal obtained from nearby mines. Got coal with horse & wagon
- Whipping with a razor strap was a punishment for things like smoking, which the boys did frequently