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Mom got married

Here! Let me warm your cup of coffee! Would you like a piece of warm bread that just came out of the oven?

First of all, my parents were married in 1921. These were the depression years – times were really hard. My father was twenty-five years of age, and my mother was seventeen. When we are young, we are full of enthusiasm for life and so were Mom and Dad. They borrowed $3,000 and bought a one hundred acre farm in Marionville, Ontario - a large mortgage at that time. When Dad bought the farm, the owner left all the implements with it. They had ten cows to milk by hand each day.

Dad would bring the milk to the factory, in one milk can, which was big enough to contain all the milk for a day. The money they received from the sale of the milk made their payment, and also bought their household necessities. They were the only two labouring to make it work.

After some time, Mom got pregnant. She helped Dad with the crop, and they rejoiced, for they had a harvest to bring into the barn to feed the cows for the winter.
Mom had to find ways to keep her four children busy while her time was occupied taking care of her household. When Dad butchered a pig, the pieces of pork were salted. She ground the meat to make sausages for Dad to deliver the following morning. Mom had learned, from her mother, how to turn the intestines inside out and scrape the mucus lining with the backside of a knife on a washing board.

Afterward, she scrubbed them thoroughly. Mom made sure to put the ‘chitterlings’ (for that is what they were called) in salt water as they would dry up very fast and crack. She filled them with meat and fat she had ground by hand and seasoned. Sausages were their bestseller for people just loved them. What was left of the beef that our father had not been able to sell the day before, my mother canned. What a great amount of work she had to do and still care for her small children.

This was done as much in the summertime as in the wintertime. And, Mom was pregnant again. A beautiful baby girl, Mariette, was born in 1928. She was such a blessing to Mom later on. As the baby girl grew and was able to sit, Mom would put her in a horse collar to keep her busy, so that she was able to do her work of baking bread, washing diapers, and sewing. The courage they had to be able to survive daily is beyond description.

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