Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Women and the Changing Times]
“The proprietor of the place died before he had been there very long and he worked for the widow and her sons for about six years. Then the Brown Manufacturing Company offered him a more remunerative job which he accepted. This concern operated a flour and a grist mill, manufactured ice, and sold fertilizer.
After another year Joe changed jobs again. This time he went to work for the Baxter Milling Company. His work was hard, he had long working hours, and the position entailed a great deal of responsibility. This overwork eventually caused him to have a nervous breakdown. For quite awhile his mind was affected and while he was never actually violent, we were careful not to cross him. We nursed him carefully and after a complete rest his health improved and in a short time he was able to go back to work.
“In 1917 when the United States became involved in the World War, salaries were greatly increases and by strict economy we were able to save enough money to make a down payment on a