Books [Mrs. I. E. Doane]
When people visited in those days, whole families came for a day or several days. Visiting was especially heavy at Christmas, when uncles, aunts, cousins and friends came. In the evenings there would be parties. They played games unknown to this generation, but which furnished good amusement then. One of these was “spin-the-plate”, in which the players sat in a circle while someone spun a tin plate in the middle of the floor. The point of the game was to catch the plate before it stopped spinning and get back to a chair. The one left without a chair was “It”. Another game was “Steal partners.” There were also square dances, fish fries, sewing bees, log-rollings and quiltings. The log-rollings and quiltings were usually joint events and took place when some neighbor had a piece of new ground to be cleared. He would invite his friends for miles around and while the men cleared the ground, rolled the logs and burned them, the women quilted. Then would follow a big dinner and a party in the evening. Days of fasting and prayer for the war to end were frequently held.
Families were closer then than now, Mrs, Doane believes.