SEGMENT: CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES, FAMILY & FOOD & MEALS
Eva Clough>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 5
- CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
- Had a few birthday parties but friends lived too far away to celebrate. Sometimes had candies, decorations, and a few friends over for parties. Was very close to her sister. Played with dolls, made clothes for them, and decorated them with chicken feathers as children. Played outside often in playhouses. Made a makeshift oven with bricks, an old stove door, and a fire and cooked mud pies, mud cakes, English sparrow eggs, and weeds on broken plates. Imitated the community dinner and program held on the last day of school with mud cakes, mud pies, sand for sugar, a rotted cherry log, and ashes for icing.
- Mother grew up near Sorrento and married at 22 years old. Tells story about the minister at the wedding. Parents did not celebrate anniversaries, but Ms. Clough thinks they had a good marriage. Parents did not argue much, shared a lot of responsibilities, but father tended to set the rules. Parents resolved children's disputes.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Women mostly did gardening. Had large gardens. Began planting potatoes and cabbage in February. Sprayed Paris Green and arsenate of lead for bugs in potato patches. Planted lots of beans and onions to sell. Many people in Panama, IL use onions, so it was common to sell them there. Grew top sets, a winter onion, and a few other varieties. Did not use many onions, just sold them. Also planted lettuce, radishes, beets, and turnips. Grew an orchard with apples and made cider and vinegar. Describes making vinegar. Took apples to cider mill in Reno, IL. Mother canned cider. Father did not trust sons enough to have hard cider in the house. Drank canned cider in the winter, but not hot.
- FAMILY BACKGROUND
- Grandmother grew lots of flowers. Mother had zinnias, marigolds, petunias, rose moss, chrysanthemums, Christmas cactus, and begonias. Good quote about mother's gardening reminding Ms. Clough of a butterfly.