SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS, BUTCHERY, & GARDEN
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- Did not have beef cattle, only dairy and hogs.
- Describes butchering methods. It was boys' job was to help scrape off hair and help render lard using iron kettles. Describes smokehouse for curing of hams & use of hickory wood, Smeared meat with salt to preserve it.
- Had to hoe a lot to weed gardens. Sprayed potatoes for bugs. Mother canned several hundred quarts of green beans, corn, tomatoes, and peaches. Stored in storm cellar.
- Grew Elberta peaches and sold them locally or trucked them to St. Louis to Market Street. Grew Yellow Delicious apples for own consumption. Picking was all by hand; hired men from town for a few days at fifty cents per day to pick.