They were able to acquire 2 cows and dad built a shed for them. They cut marsh grass and stacked it around the shed for the cows for winter. All water had to be hand carried from a spring, which was in the woods about a half mile away. They would lead the cows to that spring two times a day to drink, and carry back water for the house. Mom would use water very sparingly, she would wash clothes or dishes , then she would scrub the floors, which were only 12 inch wide boards, after she finished that she would water the garden with the water, as soon as it was cool enough. In the winter they had to chop through ice to get water and that too was used to water house plants after it was well used.
Bath time was on Saturday night, taken in, a round wash tub, after the last person finished it too, went to water the garden. They had a beautiful garden despite the drought years at that time.
Our food consisted of vegetables from the garden and venison. My father would hunt deer when we needed food. One time the game warden came down because he had a report of my dad poaching. It was Christmas Day and he saw the meat on the table. He took my dad outside and told him; that someone had reported him and he had to do his duty and investigate it. But like he said, “I don’t have to report that I saw anything.” He told my dad he would not do anything as long as he didn’t waste any or sell any of it. He also said, if he got a report he would still have to check it out. And with that he left and wished my parents well.
My mother worked right along side of my dad hand digging a plot for a garden, clearing away brush or cutting trees and bringing hay from the swamp. Yes, it had to be hand carried as they had no equipment other than a scythe to cut the hay, they also had a buck saw and a cross cut saw they used for clearing land. One Christmas John Seif told my dad if he would allow him to have one cow, we would could have a clear deed to that farm. John chose his cow; and it wasn’t the best one either; and gave my parents a clear title. They hung it on the Christmas tree that year.
by Elaine Wood Greene/Jenson (daughter)
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