Looking Back

Today is Saturday January 2, 2016. I’m pretty sure some of you will be off to the grocery store to pick up groceries for the upcoming week or month. On the average persons shopping list would probably be milk, bread, butter and all other types of staples that we’ve become accustomed to eating. Over the past few years I’ve become interested in what my great grandparents would have been thinking or doing. What was going on during the late 1880’s? For the most part I do know that my great grandparents and grandfather lived on a farm just outside of Jacksonville Alabama. Fort Toulouse, Wetumpka AlabamaCan you imagine growing enough food to feed your family through out the year? Not having electricity and having to chop enough wood to keep your family warm all winter. Wood to keep the stove or fireplace going so that food could be cooked. Growing crops that would keep a couple of months so that there was food to eat once the cold weather set in. To go to town was an all day ordeal. Farmers sold extra crops in order to purchase things that they could not grow like sugar, coffee, oil for lamps. Chickens were kept for eggs and meat. Cows were milked. Butter and buttermilk could be made from the milk. Pigs were raised for their meat and fat. People ate what they had and fed their families as best as they could. My mom grew up on a farm in the 1930s-1940s. I’ve heard stories from my mom of the house getting so cold that the water in the wash stand would freeze over night. She and her sister would sleep under so many quilts that it was hard to move, but they would be warm. Their father, my grandfather, would be first up in the morning to get the fire in the wood stove going again to take the chill out of the air. Ever so often they would take a trip into town to buy flour, coffee and sugar, things they did not or could not grow themselves. It was a treat when she was asked to pick out the flour sack that she liked best. This meant that her mother would make her a new dress from the material of the flour sack.
Let go shopping in 1883…
Jan 6 1883 - Jacksonville Republic Newspaper
So how hungry are you? Don’t you appreciate that you can jump in your car and go to the local burger place if you are hungry? Need one of those new fangled sewing machines?
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