Monthly Archives: September 2013

Saturday, September 28, 1935

“I have cleaned house, then I went to carry Mrs. Henigan some butterbeans, came back home and cooked dinner. After dinner I went to get some huckleberries & persimmons.” Bernice’s diet sounds full of variety. It sounds like there is … Continue reading

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Friday, September 27, 1935

“I have cooked dinner and washed some. Helped Dick with the door steps.” Cooking, washing, and home repairs. Bernice’s older brother Dick isn’t well. He has less than a year to live, and will have several trips to the doctor … Continue reading

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Thursday, September 26th, 1935

“This has been a rainy day. After dinner I went with Mama and some negroes after some grapes.” Grapes! They are gathering Muscadines: Photo credit: Flickr Muscadine It’s what Southern Living Magazine calls “an essential Southern plant” : http://ow.ly/pdOuM Hard … Continue reading

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Wednesday, September 25th, 1935

“I picked cotton this morning. Burna, Ruth, and Aunt Julia came as we were fixing to eat dinner.” Day Three of cotton harvesting. Bernice is made out of tougher stuff than I. Visitors are arriving at that awkward time just … Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 24th, 1935

“I have picked cotton all day. After I quit I went to the persimmon tree.” Day two of picking cotton. Is Bernice working her own family’s crop, or is she earning money? Credit: Flickr.com “Persimmon”

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Monday, September 23rd, 1935

“For this day I have been picking cotton.” Panola County is supposedly named for the Cherokee word for cotton, “ponolo.” (source: Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcp02 ) The Handbook also tells us that the Great Depression was tough on cotton … Continue reading

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Sunday, September 22nd, 1935

“I cooked dinner this morning. I went to the store and then Ethel and I went to get some huckleberries. While I was gone, Shaw, Euell, and Margie Fay came.” Euell and Margie Fay. You don’t meet any young people … Continue reading

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