[Neal S. Watts]
“Everybody had more or less cattle. Some made cattle raising their principal business, some raised cattle as a side line, and some did not give cattle any attention except when they wanted beef to eat. However, even if a settler did not have a critter, there were many animals without a brand, and a supply of beef could be secured by spending a little time hunting for an unbranded yearling. If a person did not want to spend the time hunting for an unbranded yearling, there was no objection to him taking a branded animal for eating purposes.
“The hogs were raised as the cattle were, except for a little corn feed given to them once in a while, to keep the animals in the woods adjacent to the farm. The hogs lived on the various nuts and vegetation of the woods, which we referred to as ['mass?']. The cattle were provided with salt licks only, which were placed near their waterholes, and the licks held the cattle in its vicinity.
“With cattle, hogs and wild game everywhere in the woods, we had a variety of meat to choose from to satisfy our meat appetite. Our wheat supplied the necessary flour, and the corn the meal and feed for animals. these articles were taken to the grist mill where the grain was ground. The miller retained a portion of the flour and meal in payment of his grinding charge. Our garden provided our vegetables. In the woods we could find plenty of honey, stored by the wold honey bees. Also, wild berries and wild fruit of several varieties. With this supply of food there was not any chance to go hungry.