SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES, FOOD & MEALS, & WOMEN'S WORK
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- WOMEN'S WORK
- Grandparents watched children when mother was picking blackberries. Mother canned blackberries. Mother sewed family's clothes and quilted and embroidered. Mother saved scraps of children's clothes and later sewed them into a quilt.
- CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
- Got few toys but lots of candy for Christmas. Hung stockings and had a Christmas tree most years. Parents never encouraged kids to believe in Santa Claus. Children had a small train, a small iron, little dolls, and a rag doll each for toys. Did not go to town - Donnellson - often, only to sell eggs. When they did, merchants gave the children candy or lumps of brown sugar. Mother gave children eggs for Easter and then sold eggs in town and gave children money for Sunday school. Went to church every Sunday, weather permitting. Walked to church when they were older, took a big farm wagon when they were young. Describes the wagon. Had hogs, horses, and cows. Girls would peel potatoes, and boys would bring in the wood. If there was time they would play. Kids wanted to get up in the morning at the same time as their parents. Spent most of their time in the living room or else they got in the way.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Ate lots of meat and beans when young. Had bacon, gravy, bread, and milk for breakfast as children. Now they have eggs, oats, coffee, cocoa, and water because meat is too expensive. Mother did not bake much but liked to make eggless cookies. Lots of potatoes and butter for supper and dinner. Had fried potatoes and two kinds of baked potatoes. Had pork and several kinds of cooked chicken except for one year when they butchered a cow. Ate beans, potatoes, and greens a lot. Preferred horseradish leaves in the greens to make them spicy.