Monday, February 21, 2011

WHO ARE THE MASTER FARM HOMEMAKERS? part 7; 1930

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."

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