Marie South Williams>UIS Collection T-Z>UIS Collection T-Z, Segment 20


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Tells the story that in 1850 a famine in central Illinois left people there without grain. They caravanned in covered wagons to southern Illinois, where there were crops, and bought as much as they could. It reminded them of the bible story of the Egyptians selling their grain. Saw the town named Cairo, so called the area Little Egypt. Grandmother's brothers were in the Union Army and camped near Cairo. Family used to visit the soldiers. Listened to tales of the battles in Tennessee. Relates a story that her grandfather Milhous was wounded and lay in a field for twelve days until rescued. Maggots ate the dead flesh and saved his leg and life. He was a cabinetmaker after the war. Several townspeople were also Lutherans from Somerset County. Mentions her grandmother's traits and recipes.