SEGMENT: FARM WORK, LIVESTOCK, & NON-FARM WORK
Ruth Brasell>UIS Collection B's>UIS Collection B's, Segment 1
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- FARM WORK
- Hired man lived upstairs in farmhouse. Family did his washing and gave him food. He was from Missouri and stayed at the farm for several years, year-round. Husband and hired man ran thresher and separator. Husband would run thresher for neighbors' wheat, oats, cowpeas, and clover. Husband put wheat in shocks, not stacks, and hauled them to the separator. Used a steam engine.
- NON-FARM WORK
- Before they were married, the husband worked in a sawmill. Cowpeas were more popular than soybeans.
- Cows that ate cowpea hay produced a lot of cream. Churned butter out of sweet cream but did not sell cream. Fed the chickens leftover grain and corn. Bought regular feed for chicks but heard about using cottage cheese curds instead. Rarely bought chickens at hatcheries. Rhode Island Reds are "a good all-around chicken." Sold eggs at grocery store and applied the eggs to the grocery bill. Man with truck later came to buy chickens and eggs.