3 most of the herbs could be picked on the place. Tansy tea was one [md] I saw a tansy patch down the block yesterday [md] and [mullen?] tea was another that was used for asthma and bronchial trouble. Sage tea was used for the measles. Soft-soap or bread and milk poultices were used on boils. There was a lot of scarlet fever because of the poor sanitary conditions, and a lot of children died of what we called Putrid sore throat [md] diphtheria. I never heard of a dentist when I was a little girl and my grandfather had the only false tooth in the country side and was a curiousity because of them. The plates were made of gold. Mother had some plates made and didn't like them so had them melted up into rings for the children. I had a ring until just recently and I think that I let it go with a bunch of old gold I sold so as to get it out of the way and into circulation. There wasn't much social life on the farm and I didn't pay any attention to it until I was older and moved into Salem and Corvallis. The churches didn't have any young peoples[ /?]organizations and they were dead serious with everything. Sermons lasted for hours and you could [smell?] the hell fire in them. We never had church suppers or the like until way past my time. The only social thing about the church was the camp meetings. That was where most of the courting was done. When a boy would get old enough for a wife the father would let him use the horse and buggy for a trip to the camp meeting to get him a wife.
The Babtist Church, of the hardshell variety, in the far away country places were typical of the period. In them they preached hell-fire, fore-ordination and damnation once a month. The meetings were held in the country school house. The Reverend Cranfield [in?] speaking of foreordination set forth the idea that unborn infants were condemned to hell. He propounded his solemn belief that there were infants in hell not a span long.
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