Friday, February 25, 2011


Mrs George L. Renner; Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

A congregationalist but since there is no church of her denomination in the community has been superintendent of a Lutheran Sunday school 10 years. School board chairman eight years, treasurer of county farm bureau, district chairman of Federated Women's clubs. "Often I have let the kitchen floor go to write a letter to a shut-in or sick person, and I think it paid."

Mrs. Willis H. Davis; Hitchcock, South Dakota:

Came to new South Dakota farm in 1881 as a bride and pioneer farm homemaker. "A successful home is one that develops men and women of Christian character." Home library contains more than 600 books. Poultry and garden add $400-$500 a year to income.

Mrs. George H. Gallaher; Wheat, South Dakota:

"The best career for a woman is to raise a good, honorable family. Has four children, two in school and two helping farm the the home place. Active in farm women's camp, women's department at county fair and farm women's club.

"I'm sorry that we do not have some of the conveniences we would like, but we have felt that our children's education should come first." President home demonstration club, active in church work.

Mrs. J. B. Taylor; Cleveland, South Dakota:

Winner of local house dress contest, chairman school improvement committee, president women's work in the church, Sunday school teacher. Husband, wife and children are partners in 463 acre farm business.

Mrs. Hal B. Walker; Greenville, South Dakota:

"If more farm women felt that they were not neglecting a sacred duty every moment they are not doing hard work there would be more happy homes. We have every reason to be the happiest group of women. Just now our great trouble is lack of recreation. We need to get away from home occasionally, even if only for an afternoon or a day."

Mrs. W. C. Hefner; Burnsville, South Dakota:

Chief ambition is "to make good homemakers of my eight daughters and a good husband of my son. We may never give our children much of this world's material goods, but we hope to give them education and training enough to enable them to make their own way to be happy."

Mrs. Charles L. Pitzer; Martinsburg, South Dakota:

Sunday school teacher 28 years. Since husband's death has managed several farms with son-in-law's help. Home considered one of most attractive in county.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Mrs. Elmina Fichter; Meadow Grove, Nebraska:

Since husband's death, 17 years ago, has managed the farm as well as her home, in recent years with sons' help. Has six children. Canned 556 quarts of vegetables, fruits and meats last year. Has attractive home with modern conveniences.

Mrs W. A. Wickersham; Filley, Nebraska:

“It does children good to share home responsibilities—keeping all business matters from them and letting them live beyond their means is no kindness.” Belongs to a national book club.

Mrs. E. H. Burke; Edmore, North Dakota:

Thinks children should be made to obey but that they will do so, usually with little trouble if put on their honor and trusted. Started homemaking on a homestead 23 years ago with $500 in the family treasury. Buildings burned once, but now she and husband have well improved 640-acre farm nearly paid for. Planted 3,000 trees on their Dakota farm.

Mrs. A. D. Cross; Park River, North Dakota:

“Success is knowing you have done your best, even if you have not reached your goal.” Publicity writer for the national W. C. T. U., edits department in her local newspaper, project leader in extension work.

Mrs. Roy Johnson; Casselton, North Dakota:

“My husband and I have always been real partners in business, parenthood and living. Together we keep accounts, take inventory, make out income tax returns, talk over purchases, discuss clothing needs, and support each other in training of the children.” Insurance guarantees children's education.

Mrs. R. A. Tomlinson; Tokio, North Dakota:

“One big advantage of farm life is that the children really get to know their father.” Member of school board five years, an officer in parent-teacher association and homemakers' club. Has good plan for improving kitchen “when we can afford it.”

Miss Laura Boerger; Irwin, Ohio:

Has helped father rear six brothers and sisters since mother's death, put the six children through high school and helped two get to college. Five of the children have been 4-H Club members and three have since been leaders. Managed to have regular religious instruction in the home, including Bible reading and children saying the Lord's prayer in unison daily. Is one of four unmarried women ever honored as Master Farm Homemakers.

Mrs. George E. Ryerson; Havana, Ohio:

Reared four children of her own, now raising a "second family" of five grandchildren. Has been sending children to school for 36 years and expects to keep on until grandchildren graduate from college. "I'm not a model housekeeper--it's been my aim to be more of a homemaker."

Friday, February 18, 2011


Mrs. O. T. Osmundson; Blue Earth, Minnesota:

Makes approximately $1,200 a year by teaching music, boarding the teacher and selling poultry products. Has kept accounts ever since her marriage. Is 4-H Club leader, helped organize community club and is home project leader.

Mrs. W. O. Plocker; Blue Earth, Minnesota:

Thinks more young people would stay on the farm if homes they live in now and had more of city's conveniences, if children had a genuine share in the live stock as they grow up, “if when boys are large enough to farm they get a share of the crop” and if all feasible means of recreation are provided.

Mrs. T. S. Soine, Iron, Minnesota:

After 13 years in town moved back to farm on account of her six children. Moved to uncleared timber farm on Minnesota Iron Range, with only three horses, one cow and 40 Leghorn hens. Two children are in high school, two in college and another is graduate of medical school. Born in Norway.

Mrs. Charles E. Wirt; Lewiston, Minnesota:

A city girl who married a young farmer (just starting out for himself and in debt) against the “better” judgment of many of the neighbors and relatives. The first year most of her efforts were failures but since then she and her husband have nearly paid off the mortgage, they have improved the farm, remodeled the house, reared four children and helped build a better community. Takes time for leisure and self-development each day.

Mrs. Frank B. Fulkerson; Higginsville, Missouri:

Reared four adopted children, two of whom have graduated from college. President of school board, teaches nature study to neighborhood children, member of county farm bureau board and active in church and community club. “I think that work in varied organizations prevents a woman from getting petty after her children are grown.”

Mrs. Alfred Jones; Maryville, Missouri:

“Each child had his own money, partly earned by himself. During high school days each checked on the family bank account and the privilege was never abused.” Has attractive lawn, garden, lily pool and rose hedge. Says community service has given her life much of value.

Mrs. J. C. Longan; Sedalia, Missouri:

“Whatever success I may have had has been largely due to a sympathetic and cooperative husband.” Has had two Father-and-Son banquets in her home. Gets three hours leisure a day “by continually weighing the importance of each task and giving it no more than it deserves.” Adds from $600 to $900 to family income through poultry flock.

Mrs. R. E. Lee Utz; St. Joseph, Missouri:

Lives on 48-acre truck and fruit farm. Plans meals week in advance. Has kept accounts 12 years.
Twice president County Federation of Farm Women's clubs and president State Federation of Homemakers in 1929.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Mrs. James H. Cox; Hudson, Illinois:

Believes that amusement problem for farm young people can be partly solved by supplying plenty of recreation at home. Her eight children have well equipped playground, homemade horizontal bar, iron rings, swings and slides, tennis court, magazines, six musical instruments and flower garden. (a flower garden as recreation? interesting. LAH)

Mrs. Harvey N. Mooore; Carthage, Illinois:

"My husband and I discuss and plan our business together; we are both interested in the same things, so it has not been hard to understand each other. I watch the markets, same as he does, and we both plan how to sell to best advantage." Her poultry flock adds to family income.

Mrs. C. W. Couden; Muncie, Indiana:

"My family and I love the farm and would think it a hardship to live elsewhere; I am truly glad for the opportunity to raise my children on the farm. The fact that we labor without some conveniences only makes us more appreciative when we get them. I do not like the idea so prevalent just now that the farm family is an object of pity. The farmer is gradually working out his own relief through cooperation and more careful management."

Mrs. Hugh L. Brownlee; Sylvia, Kansas:

"We take the children with us as we work around the place (a 1,200-acre wheat and stock farm), thus helping create an interest in things of the farm; each child has some particular garden spot that is his own to take care of. We planted 30 forest trees last year."

Mrs. E. M. Perkins; Richmond, Kansas:

"I will think that I have been a success if the children grow up to be honorable citizens, who are public spirited, generous minded, satisfied to a certain extent, able to take care of themselves and willing to help the less fortunate."

Mrs. Roy Hamilton; Mayfield, Kentucky:

"I measure a homemaker's success by her ability to spend some time with the children, some for church and social work and some for rest and reading--a real job, I'll admit." Oldest of her three sons is state president of 4-H clubs. Her family cooperates to promote community good.

Miss E. Erin Montgomery; New Concord, Kentucky

Since death of her mother has mothered six brothers and sisters, kept family together and helped five of the children get some college education. Takes time to read and rest some each day "for the sake of the family's happiness as well as for my own health."

(This unselfish woman gets the homemaker's prize for me. LAH)

Mrs. L. B. Oldham; Owensboro, Kentucky:

"We have tried in many ways to teach children to appreciate country living. When they were young they belonged to an Audubon club. We read nature books with our children, go on hikes with them and wedge in as much recreation and amusement as can be done on a busy farm." Active in community affairs.

(I wish that I had all this advice for raising a family when all my children were young. LAH)

Friday, February 4, 2011

THE MASTER "DECIDES THE GOAL", by Bamby of Maine; 1930

Dear Editor:
I wonder. Is it "the set of the soul that decides the goal? And not the storms and strife?

When we were first married my husband took me for a sail. When we set out, the wind was in our favor. It blew gently and evenly and our boat skimmed along gracefully as any sea bird. Suddenly the wind changed. We had to shift quickly to keep the boat from overturning. In order to keep our direction, we had to tack; that is, we used the reverse wind to carry us along, but it was a slower process than running with the wind. It required considerable maneuvering to sail against the wind and still make headway.

A heavy shower came down. It seemed as though all of the winds conspired to swamp us. We were forced to furl our sail. Had we kept it set in the teeth of that gale and choppy sea, we would surely have been swamped. At length the sun came out; the sea calmed; the wind once more resumed its lawful course. We again set our sail and steered for home.

This is what I've learned from that memorable sail: We surely must set our sails. But when the storms come? When the wind and waves threaten to overwhelm us? When we cannot set sail in any directions? What then?

On the Sea of Galilee, when the Master of the winds and waves said, "Peace be still," they obeyed him. So when the tempests threaten to overcome us, then only the Master can command the storm.

It seems to me that it does not rest wholly with us, nor with the set of our sails. We must consider the winds and waves. It is these, and the Master's care, that decide the goal.