a clod chopper for occasional use; a two-row corn planter; a ten-foot seedand clover and timothy seeding; and four one-row corn plows.
We needed two hay racks and four grain wagons with high sides and highboards for picking eared corn. At home we had two cribs and two elevatorhorses. We drove into the barn with wagons of oats and shoveled the oatslarge bin for horse feed. The hay racks were unloaded with a large fork anpulleys drawn up by a horse—Daisey or Harley—ridden by one of the younOur work would generally be considered fun since we exercised and werehealthy. We worked together, ate together and played together. At one tichildren went to school on the bus, which was a model T truck with a spectransmission and an exhaust pipe running down the center of the bus, boaside to rest our feet and keep us warm.
In extreme weather, snow or mud, we used a sled or a wagon and a spirithorses. In cold weather, our feet in the sled were warmed by slabs, with sheated in the oven, plus many blankets and horse blankets, and many clotmade by our parents, and handed down from older child to younger child,necessary alterations by my mother.
We think we ate well. Much of our food was fresh. Mother's garden had mof food such as lettuce, radishes, onions, peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbeand watermelon. With many welcome hands and numerous pails it was irrnecessary. We filled a tile with water to irrigate the cucumbers. Water castock tank and was handed over a fence. We had a small push-weeder asnumerous hoes and rakes. For potatoes we borrowed a machine to plant tpotatoes, as well as one to dig them. We moved the large potato patch, asin the variety garden, yearly. We used no herbicide or insecticide with fewOur apple and cherry orchard was sprayed with a smelly ingredient.
With our large family and hired men at meals, we often needed plates forthirteen. We butchered steers and hogs on the farm. Much of it was cookears. One time we canned 100 roosters. My father cured ham and bacon insize crocks. I believe some items were covered with boiling lard and kept ibasement.
Our meals would always include meat, or sometimes canned salmon. Salmplentiful before the dams were built on the other rivers. We had a huge biperhaps sixty bushels, in the cool area of the basement, and many shelvescontaining peas, beans, pickles, corn, applesauce, berries, cherries. You capies and cakes. Most of our bread was home baked. We had graham, or rywell as white. We bought the rye and graham at the local elevator where iand the white flour from the store in Dysart. It came in fifty pound sacks.baked a large assortment of bread and rolls, including some with frosting.
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