Friday, July 29, 2011

GOING TO COLLEGE; Ima Farmer; part 2; 1930

Some boys have taken time off to work on public works, or in the western wheat harvest, starting in the southwest and working north with the crew and the season, until the last of the northern wheat is threshed. I know you will say that such work is dirty and hard, and sometimes degrading. It is--all but the last. A man can be degraded only by the weakness in his own character. My own husband worked during summer vacations for a man who was terribly coarse and obscene. But when my husband told me about it, he said, "Strange as it may seem, it simply steeled me against such things."

Some girls may be able to use the knowledge gained in sewing club to do dressmaking for the girls at school. I accumulated a little money by doing housework in the city. When hunting a job, go to the Y.W.C.A.; it will help you.

There are always a limited number of jobs around a college for the girl who wishes to work her way. When I was a student I waited tables, worked in the office, stayed of evenings with a professor's children, helped a woman in town with the Saturday housecleaning, and during my last semester, I made sandwiches and sold them to the girls in the dormitory. I have seen girls--orphans, with no one in the world to help them,--working their way and making high honors in scholarship.

To the boy or girl who wants higher training, I say,--go right after it. And keep after it. You may not be able to progress as rapidly as you would like, but the only thing that can actually stop you is you yourself.

Friday, July 22, 2011

GOING TO COLLEGE; Ima Farmer; part 1; 1930

I wish I might talk to your sons and daughters, and tell them what I want to say about going to college. Won't you give them this message for me? If they want a college education enough, they can go.
You mothers should not worry or fret if you do not have money to send them. Many boys and girls have been ruined because they were sent to college with too many nice clothes and too much spending money. But the boys or girls who have the courage and the grit to work their way through, receive a training that is more valuable than an inheritance, and no one can take it away from them. When they finish their education, they will be far better equipped to face life on the farm or elsewhere than the petted and pampered ones, and they can go farther and climb higher, if they have had the courage and the vision to get all the training they need, instead of stopping half way.

And how, are you asking, can our boys and girls go about it?

There are dozens of ways, but they can be summed up in one word. Work!

Some boys and girls have made the farm yield the extra money. Some of them have taken the information that they gained from the calf or pig club and turned it into cash. Some have grown and marketed strawberries.

Friday, July 15, 2011

IT'S FUN TO RAISE CHICKENS; part 1; by Clara M. Sutter; Nebraska; circa 1935

"It's fun to raise chickens when you do it right and make some money doing it. It's fun to watch your settings of eggs bring forth fluffy young chicks; it's fun to help those chicks grow. And then when they bring the family some hundreds of dollars extra each year, they make possible a lot of comfort and satisfaction.

This is the way Mrs. W. J. Joyce, who has one of the best record flocks in her state, doesn't think about it that way. She finds in her poultry yard a change from household routine, a pleasure in dealing with live things, and a satisfaction in mastering the problems of poultry growing and of making some money. Besides, her family is enjoying a more modern, more comfortable home which was made possible largely by the flock earnings. "We haven't always had a furnace, electric lights, running water and a telephone," she says, "but the chickens helped us to get them.

"The chickens add many hundreds of dollars to our farm income each year, besides furnishing all the chickens and eggs we care to eat. There is no other way I could add so much to the family income. Although poultry growing is a sideline, it is one of the most reliable sources of income on our farm and it gives pleasure as well as profit."

Mrs. Joyce's poultry business had very humble beginnings about thirty years ago, when she and her husband set up homemaking on their Clay County farm as bride and groom. She brought with her a few hens that were a wedding present. A high shed was the only place for them to roost, and they had to hop painfully up a ladder to the roosts that rested on the plates of the 10x16 foot shed. "It makes me laugh even now when I think of them perched way up under the roof," Mrs. Joyce says. "When I went in after roosting time, the hens looked down on me and made a great fuss.

"That first year those wedding gift hens didn't lay an egg from fall to winter, but winter laying wasn't the fashion among Nebraska hens then.

Monday, July 11, 2011

FUN FOR THE BOYS; New York; circa 1935

How shall we entertain our young people during vacation? This question came to us a year ago as we had two grown boys who needed a change and amusement during vacation, also we had two younger kiddies.

We decided to take a small unused building and move it to a quiet spot in a remote corner of the farm by the side of a stream. There surrounded by trees and flowering bushes, not far from a spring, we made our haven. Picnic tables, benches and a fireplace were built and soon our little cabin had a large, partly-sided porch from willows, cut by the men-folks. Boards from an old fence served as roof, covered with tar paper which was the only expense.

Cots were added and the boys spent their nights and leisure hours there during the hot weather. The fishing was good, with a boat anchored at the dock for convenience. Also there was a diving board and swimming place near by.

Our city relatives and friends drive for miles to come to this restful place with their well-filled picnic baskets. Even Fourth-of-July fireworks in the city were of no interest to them.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011


I found this on the “Children's Page” of the July 1931 issue of The Farmer's Wife.
Memorize these rules about Our Flag:

Our Flag must not be used as a tablecloth. Nothing but a Bible may rest upon it.

Never place Our Flag below the seats on a platform or stand, or twist it in any fancy shapes whatever. Use bunting for decoration instead.

Never let Our Flag touch the ground or floor or trail in the water.

When hanging against the wall, Our Flag's stripes may be vertical or horizontal but the stars must always be in the upper left-hand corner as you stand facing it.

When in parade with other flags Our Flag must always be at the right or in front.

When Our Flag is hung over the middle of a street it should be hung vertically with the stars to the north in an east and west street or to the east in the north and south street.

When a flag is worn out and can no longer be used, it is burned with reverence and respect.