SEGMENT: FOOD STORAGE, FOOD & MEALS, & HIRED HELP
Marie South Williams>UIS Collection T-Z>UIS Collection T-Z, Segment 20
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- HIRED HELP
- Grandmother did not live on the farm but had tenants. She hired jobless people to work for her son moved to the farm when his mother had a stroke and could not work. She died of pneumonia after her stroke and broken leg from the fall.
- Describes neighbors coming over to help make apple butter; process from coring to boiling juice and stirring.
- MAKING SOAP
- Says that they boiled down fat to make soap at home, outside, where they washed clothes and boiled the whites.
- FOOD & MEALS
- At a general store, bought crackers in barrels. Store had hundred pound bags of sugar. Bananas in windows. Only had fruits in season. If got an orange in Christmas stocking, was a rare treat.
- FOOD STORAGE
- Describes mound where apples, turnips and potatoes were stored over the winter. Mound was raked over in the spring to make a smooth lawn or garden, which came right up to the house.
- Farmers would trade seeds with each other.