Life has given appreciation for progress that's been made

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 1:55 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

I'm one of the older ones who was born long after our first settlers, but at a time when times were hard. We had food on the table and got our bills paid. We had no electricity, no running water, no indoor toilet or refrigerator, but we had good neighbors who were like family. We shared each other's things from our gardens, butchered meat, and homemade bread, etc. We had homemade ice cream when the creek was frozen for our ice and our Jersey cow furnished milk and cream for it. We also had good butter and homemade cottage cheese.

Once a month neighbors would get together to visit and play cards. Mothers would make homemade doughnuts, etc. The children would play games like Chinese marbles, dominoes, etc.

We had a country school where children would walk each day to school. They had jobs at school taking turns, like getting water from the well, getting coal from the shed, seeing the toilets were in order. Last, but not least, three children were chosen each week to take our flag out to the flagpole and we would say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag at the beginning of class. We had programs to celebrate special occasions. Our parents would come for special programs, etc.

I could write lots more, but progress has been great for me to see and take part in. Wonderful! Living my life has made me really appreciate all times and things. I truly think Thanksgiving should stand out in all occasions. It needs more time than one day before we go into Christmas. Remember what Christmas is about, baby Jesus!


Marilyn Bottorff

Mendon, Ill.