Wednesday, August 24, 2016

1st Side Story From Annie Weber’s Bio

My mother was raised for several years on Slate Creek, out at the far end of the county. She told me that once a month, her folks would go to the county seat to buy supplies. Mom and her younger brother were the youngest in the family, so her folks always took them along rather than leave them at the farm. It was apparently quite a trip, for they’d start long before daylight with the old horse and wagon. There was a place to hang a lantern on the front left corner of the wagon, in part to help them see the road and maybe to help in passing, if they met another wagon.\

They’d spend a few hours getting to town, and then a few hours shopping, before heading back to the farm. Before leaving for the country, her folks would buy them each a bottle of pop, plus they’d get some cheese, bologna and crackers. On the way home, she and her brother would sit in the back of the wagon and eat and drink until the pop was gone and their stomachs were filled. She said that it was sometimes four in the morning before they got back home. It made for a long day for everyone, including the horse. © 2016


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Sometimes we forget how convenient we have things, great reminder. That was quite a shopping trip.

Gorges Smythe said...

Yes it was, Kathy, especially for two little kids. said...

In the scheme of things, that wasn't that long ago. It's a shame we've come so far and fallen so short.

Gorges Smythe said...

Agreed, Mike.