Friday, October 22, 2010


Mrs. F. H. Cotterell, Bates City, Missouri:

One child; 81-acre farm, was a milliner until she married. Six months afterward moved with her husband to homestead in western Kansas and lived first in a tent, then in a granary, the only building they could put up. There was plenty of room in it for the first three crops were failures; sometimes entertained ten people in this "home." Adopted a four-weeks-old baby weighing five and a half pounds and reared it to be a healthy, normal child. Later built a house with a basement. In a few years more came back to western Missouri with $12,000. Home now has much electric equipment and many other conveniences. Sells six to eight cases of eggs a week and hopes to establish a farm hatchery.
"Life to my husband and me has always been a great game."

Mrs. J. C. Payne, Garden City, Missouri:

Four children; 360-acre farm. Has organized the Payne Literary Society, including all members of the family. Mr. Payne is president, she is vice-president and a daughter is secretary. She hopes it will be a permanent organization for her descendants. Also is planning the Payne family orchestra. Has built amateur stage, lighted with electricity in the barn loft, for children's dramatics, some of which they write themselves. Favorite recreation of the family is walking over the farm together.

Mrs. Eli Taillon, Cavalier, North Dakota:

Ten children, 20 to 36 years old, seven living on farms. Gets dinner every day for twelve persons. Definition of good health includes "A healthy mind, full of grit and vitality to carry on life's duties and a little left over for emergencies." Has been trying to have school board make improvements in school for several years and hopes to succeed this year; also worked successfully for road improvement. Although the father uses tobacco none of her seven sons smoke. (What an odd thing to mention! Laurie)
"The Master Farm Homemaker honor will be precious to my descendants for generations."

Mrs. F. R. Brokaw, Fullerton, North Dakota:

Three children, 200-acre rented farm. Taught school four years before marriage; makes $1,000 a year with poultry; favorite books are Ben Hur, Ivanhoe, Last Days of Pompeii, Tale of Two Cities, and Eben Holden; has family worship before breakfast.
"Home is the place where we do our best living."

Mrs. E. B. Wollan, Fairdale, North Dakota:

Three children, 320-acre farm. Taught rural school and now boards the teacher; is teaching her children to love country life and the whole family prides itself on knowing practically every kind of bird in North Dakota; her chief ambition is to educate her children and fit them for a useful life.
"Home is a success if the family prefers to stay there."