By Edith Bradley Rendleman
From All anyone Ever sought after of Me was once to Work... "Starting round 1950, humans stopped elevating chickens, milking cows, and elevating hogs. they simply purchase it on the shop, able to devour. much purchase a steer and feature it processed in Dongola and positioned it of their freezer. What a distinction! ladies have gotten it really easy now. they do not even comprehend what it used to be wish to start off. and that i bet my mother's existence, while she began, was once as demanding back as mine, simply because that they had to make every thing via hand. i do not be aware of if it could actually get any more uncomplicated for those ladies. yet they do not know what it used to be like, and so they by no means will. every little thing is packaged. All you do is visit the shop and purchase you a package deal and prepare dinner it. automated washers and dryers. i am joyful they do not have to paintings like I did. Very glad." Edith Bradley Rendleman's tale of her lifestyles in southern Illinois is awesome in lots of methods. Recalling the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century in nice aspect, she vividly cites vignettes from her youth as her family members moved from farm to farm until eventually settling in 1909 within the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and instances of her kin and acquaintances in the course of an period long gone forever.Remarkable for the brilliant info that evoke the previous, Rendleman's account is unusual in one other recognize: memoirs of the time—usually written by means of humans from elite or city families—often reek of nostalgia. yet Rendleman's memoir differs from the norm. Born negative in rural southern Illinois, she tells an unvarnished story of what it was once rather like growing to be up on a tenant farm early this century.
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Extra info for All anybody ever wanted of me was to work: the memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman
Mrs. Rendleman lived, as a child, on two farms [I was wrong hereshe had lived on four farms]; after marriage she lived in four houses, one of which her son W. P. (Bud) now lives in. Her husband's father, Robert Rendleman, was the founder of the town of Wolf Lake. Mrs. Rendleman has written a history of Wolf Lake (published in the Anna Gazette Democrat) and worked on her family genealogy for the Rendleman family book. She has a fine memory, and members of her family are interested in the project.
Similarly, early signs of pregnancy, such as weight loss by a nursing infant, might be noted by an observant female relative, who might tell the inexperienced mother why her baby was not thriving. Experienced women passed on information on a need-to-know basis, although there was little public, or general, circulation of such lore. Women did not always welcome evidence of pregnancy with joy. One woman recalled that when the doctor confirmed that she was pregnant with her second child, while her first child was still nursing, she cried all the way home, wondering how she could take care of two babies while washing by hand, carrying all the water from an outside pump, cooking for a hired hand, and so on.
IllinoisSocial life and customs. 2. Illinois Rural conditions. 3. Tenant farmersIllinoisSocial conditions. 4. Rendleman, Edith Bradley, 1898Childhood and youth. 5. WomenIllinoisBiography. I. ). II. Title. )CIP Title page photo: Edith Bradley Rendleman, 1995. 48-1984. TO MY PARENTS Elijah Bradley and Sarah Penrod Grammer Bradley Contents Plates ix Editor's Preface xi Map 1 Union County in the Mid-Nineteenth Century xvii Map 2 Union County in 1900 xix Map 3 The World of Edith Bradley Rendleman's Memoirs xx Introduction Jane Adams 1 1.