Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Frances Lindblad]
Wells were dug in low places and water had to be carried a half mile or so.
The first toaster was quite an invention to us. One family had nothing to eat all winter but popcorn and milk. No one ran to the county for help and thought they were fortunate to have anything to eat.
There was time when people had to go out on the prairie and pick up a bone for broth. Roots were added to it. This broth kept the people alive. The picture, “Good [Earth?]” reminded me of early times in Nebraska. People prospered because they only bought necessities.
My folks came to Nebraska in 1878, then moved to Newman Grove where we lived in a sod house, a one room affair. Father went out with two empty hands. My father paid fourteen hundred dollars for his farm.
In twenty years he accumulated twenty thousand dollars. People were not used to spending their money. When people bought clothes they wore them until they were worn out, not just until they got out of style like they do now. People are not as courageous now as they were years ago.
Clothing seemed to be higher than now and people didn't have the variety in dress as now.
Fifty-three years ago Indians used to camp seven miles east of Lincoln at Steven's Creek where berries, plums were plentiful. An Indian tribe stayed there for all winter. One winter when I was a girl I got curious and went in this camp. The Indians invited me in a tent and called me a “papoose.” They had feather beds lined up all around inside the tent. Buffalo skins for comfortors. Long strips of dried meat hung on the pole and the smoke would hit the meat and prepare it. The Indians talked about me and looked in my dinner pail but didn't take anything out and then I told