|Photo by Tina Gooden 2013 Red Cedar|
When the creek froze, they would go out during recesses and ice skate on it. One or two of the "rich kids" had real ice skates, but most of them just skated in their shoes, and had a wonderful time. Another favorite snow game was "fox and goose." You go out on untracked snow and make a big circle. Then you make cross-paths, like spokes in a wheel, with a big "axle" in the middle. One person is the fox, and the rest are the geese, so it is a game of tag, except that you have to stay on the path. The girls all wore headscarves that tied under the chin, and the boys had hats with earflaps. The school was heated by a wood-burning stove, so the older boys got to help the teacher bring in the firewood and keep the stove fueled. Mom said she went to school with some of the Nunnemakers and some of the Flickners.
|Photo by Tina Gooden 2013 Sun Break with Cattle|
Their dad always took good care of his livestock. They stayed healthy and strong all winter long, no matter how cold it was. He rode or took the wagon out to check on them, no matter what the weather, to keep them fed and watered, and to bring in any young ones (and their mothers) who needed more protection. He was scornful of anyone who had any of their cattle "down" in the winter. Funny thing about people. The man who was called by some, "the meanest man in five counties," was always good to the animals. The dogs loved him, and even the mules did what he told them to do. When he went out to hunt a cottontail for dinner, he would carry only one bullet for his shotgun. He said that if you couldn't kill a rabbit with one clean shot, then, "by God, the rabbit deserved to live."
|Photo by Tina Gooden 2013 Afternoon Break in the Storm|