Others Had It Worse
Sour Dock, Moonshine, and Hard Times in Davis County, Iowa
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Iowa Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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I want to thank Leon Wilkinson, Reva Padget Wilkinson’s son, and Betty Durham, my mother, for providing their stories and many of the family photographs in this book; my brother and sister, Mike Baker and Kim Wilkerson, for their ongoing support; ...
A Family Portrait Reframed
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Looking back, it is easy to understand how we lose sight of the past, our lineage. Childhood memories fade along with the names and faces of near and distant relatives. We push forward with our own lives until one day, perhaps some fifty years later, when asked about those ancestors, the answer we give is sadly insufficient: ...
The Log Cabin
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The first I can remember as a kid was living in this log cabin 4 rooms 2 up and 2 down. The floors had holes in it. You could of throwed a cat through them. And upstairs where I slept with Barbara and Reva when it snowed on the bed we shook the snow off the covers when we got up. ...
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One time chuck done something and mom was giving him a whipping for it. Short (Paul) didn’t like it so he called mom a name which was the wrong thing to do. Ha. Ha. ...
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We had to get water from Humphrey’s well down at the bottom of a big hill lug that water up that steep hill. Dad let Clell take the horses and hitch to a sled and put a barrell on it and get a barrell but if we wanted a cool drink grab the bucket and go to the well. ...
Life on the Farm
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We had several hens for us and one time we kept finding eggs sucked in the nest. Couldn’t find out what was doing it. Finally Mom found a snake. It had swallowed a hole egg and crawled through a hole and there swallowed another and there he was. ...
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Dad made moonshine for several years. Would set it in the barrell in the brush. When it was time Dad would cook it off. You could smell it a mile away. Rosy and Mort knew he was doing it but never said anything on account of us kids I know. ...
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Me and the boys took the dog out rabbit hunting a lot and this one time we went hunting with our old dog and Rowdy and a old female bird dog some of Dads friends had left there for dad to keep. We treed something in a bank. ...
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Dan and Mrs. Moughler lived just over the hill from us and we would go there and talk to them. I wasn’t very old before I started to school and she always had cookies or pie and give us some before we went home. ...
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Leota Bales was our teacher. She was Paul’s first Teacher. Leland Stockdall set in the seat right behind Paul. He was a lot older than Paul but he done everything to get his attention to turn around. He was showing Paul how to crack his knuckles. ...
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We had country dances first one house then another. They would remove the furniture. Dance all nite. We always had a big crowd. We hardly ever got home before daylight. Paul and I done the shodish. No one else did this dance but once or twice an evening they all yelled for us to dance. ...
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Page Count: 136
Illustrations: 20 b&w photos, 1 map
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Bur Oak Book
Series Editor Byline: Holly Carver