Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Dave Stephens]
The landlord allows his tenants a generous supply of fruit and a garden. As the garden has no fence it has to be located some distance from the range of the chickens. Dave's wife had canned only 80 quarts of vegetables and fruits this summer. This family will evidently live on potatoes, sweet and Irish; and most of the rest of the food will be from the supplies advanced by the landlord. I asked Dave what interest his landlord charged him for food advanced. He answered, “He is not supposed to charge any interest.” This family seemed to me to be living on the ragged edges of dire poverty, but they had tried both the city and the country and had no desire to leave the farm.
Both husband and wife are opposed to the “control plan” for the farmers, and would like a return to the old ways of individualism. They appear to be good citizens, but do not vote.
Dave and his wife joined the church in the old