A few weeks ago, when I blogged from my grandfather's memoirs (HERE), many of you asked to hear more. So today I'm giving you more. These are his words, not mine, although I have edited out just a couple of typos.
Jimmy, Alex, and I were the oldest boys. Kent was only two years old. We did almost everything together; now it seems as I sit here and write that it was only yesterday that we were there as one big happy family.
We worked in the fields, helping Dad plant the crops. Working side by side we could do it all; plant the corn, cultivate, and harvest it. We were really a self-supporting family. We raised or grew almost everything it took to survive on the farm. Wheat that was ground into flour, corn into meal. The wheat and flour mills were only a short distance from our home. We also raised our own hogs, then too we had our own cows for milk and butter, and of course we raised horses for farm use. Yet there were times when things were just a little tough, there was clothing to buy for such a large family. In order to counter this, our mother raised turkeys, sold them and bought our winter shoes, and whatever else was needed to survive.
Christmas was a happy time at our house. Strange, isn't it, that happiness can come from those small gifts such as we received at that time. We never had a bicycle, never had a little red wagon, or a pair of skates. Our gifts consisted of an orange, an apple, and a long stick of peppermint candy. We bought our own cap pistols, and caps from pennies and nickles. We managed to save for such an occasion, but this was only during the last few years on the farm. Through all this, we became humble and meek, but certainly not lowly. Not any of us throughout our life span have ever been proud or haughty. We were taught to respect other peoples' rights, and in return our neighbors would do anything for Ike Leonard's family.
"Chief" as we called him, and his daughter (my aunt) Pam.
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