The writer of this week's letter is from Hutchinson County, South Dakota. It's a rather lengthy letter and this farmer's wife has had a lot of experiences, as well as living in several different places.
#38 Four Winds
She has "...done all the usual things--chickens, garden, canning, cooking for hired men and so forth. I have also milked, picked corn, shocked grain and run nearly every machine used on a Western farm."
#22 Corn & Beans
"Lonely and isolated farm! ...I never lived closer than ten miles to town and once I was there only twice in two years....Happiness is not a matter of locality but of training and congenial companionship."
This letter is the first to mention the WCTU--Women's Christian Temperance Union, which apparently furnished a lot in the way of classes, contests, and other stimulating programs, as well as spearheading the crusade for prohibition.
And if this farmer's wife has a daughter who should be poor, well then, "hoeing in the sun, dipping for chicken lice or milking in fly times are better than washing for strangers in a dark, ugly part of a city..." I don't know. I'm not quite sold on that life.
These blocks seemed to take me forever! I'm glad I didn't procrastinate until Thursday night at about 8 p.m. Four Winds has something like 66 pieces. I made Corn & Beans twice, and wasn't happy with either one, but decided to move on.
Carla has to say about this week's letter.