Monday, October 18, 2010


In the 20s and 30s, The Farmer's Wife had something called, "Master Homemakers." The editors said, "We would like to tell the complete story of the thirty-one new Master Farm Homemakers, but we can present only these brief sketches. Yet you can see in these stories something of the fullness of the lives of these women.

Mrs. D. A. Ross; Afton, Ohio
One child; 240-acre livestock farm which has been in the family more than 150 years; part of the house is over 100 years old but is equipped with electrical appliances. She made more than $1,000 last year with poultry.
"I hope to spend my old age on the farm, with lots of friends to visit me, with enough strength to walk out-of-doors, live with nature and talk with the Creator of all."

Mrs. John V. Chitwood; Pratt, Kansas
Seven children, all living on farms; 320 acre grain and livestock farm, came as a bride forty-four years ago to a barren looking homestead, a-top a wagon load of household goods; the same farm is her home today; first house was blown away and she and her husband waded in water knee-deep to the nearest neighbor's; that fall she moved into a newly-built home which is the dining-room of her present home; led a successful three-year fight for a consolidated school.

Mrs. Allen Sharp; Greenfield, Ohio
Two children; 180-acre farm, her home for 38 years; plans her meals four to seven days ahead in order not to have the same things too often; has not only planted her own home grounds but has given much nursery stock to the neighbors.
"I am trying to make our family life so satisfying that the city will not attract the children."

Mrs. M. W. Fulton; Cherry Run, West Virginia
Three children; 900-acre farm, 175 acres in orchard and 40 acres of plow land; born in England; took a motherless girl of sixteen into her home and instructed her in the arts of homemaking, now the girl is happy in a home of her own; one son is a former naval officer and a graduate of Annapolis; her children had a tennis court, croquet grounds and baseball diamond.
"I hope to be an all-around farmer's wife, a wise mother, a kind and considerate mother-in-law, an understanding grandmother, a helpful neighbor and always a Christian.

Mrs. W. V. Riggs; Trafalgar, Missouri
Four children, 250-acre farm. Organized the 4-H girls' club in her county and is still leader of a club in which 31 girls finished a clothing project. Active in church activities and home project work. Sells hatching eggs, as well as poultry, for extra income.
"I happen to have the best husband in the world."