“The only dog whose name I remember was Puppy. She might have been the m. of a lot of those dogs.
“We didn’t see those people (the McK.’s very much). Just high days and holy days. I never ate in that dining room. I told you the kids ate in the kitchen. I did wash dishes at that house, a lot. When g.p. was al. there was a pump at the windmill, and you went out and pumped the water. If you were lucky it had already been running so all you had to do was turn it on, otherwise you had to pump.
By the time the puppies’ eyes were open, they were gone. They sold them. They also sold canaries. They were five dollars apiece, I think. I used to clean the cages. There were probably three cages , but I don’t know how many birds. We had canaries at the farm and I used to clean those cages too. The male would sing. On sunny afternoons in the spring or when the windows were open they would sing. We could hang them outside and they would sing. Damned if I know what the name was. Don’t write that down. That’s going to be the name of a lot of these animals and you don’t want to get them confused.
Kids were not a part of the adult world. Seen but not heard. Unless there was work to be done.
In the upstairs bedrooms, back in the early days, I don’t know where W. and S. slept. For all I know it was in the downstairs bedroom, but that would have been a little small. The foster boys slept in the three bedrooms on the north, one in each. Oh, when Da. Was athere, I don’t know where his bedroom was. He and N.B. stayed there, but I don’t know.
Was there a stove upstairs? You didn’t need stoves upstairs. The heat from the flues would be enough to keep the rooms warm as long as the stoves were burning downstairs. The flues ran up through the walls. Now at the farm when I was little in really really cold weather da. Would bring….well, there was elan to over the kitch for storing things, it wasn’t tall enough to walk into, but the kitchen bflue cam eup through there and he’d open that to let the heat come up in there. Except when it was really really cold he would bring up the small space heater thing. It was kerosene and heat it up, and then he’d read stories sto us and he’d take the kerosene thing away when we were asleep. But it had to be really really cold. And we would have hot water bottles to put on our feet so we’d be warm and be able to fall asleep.
The William Tell bank. Was my m.’s. There were two of them I think. You’d put down a penny and push on his foot and it shot the apple off his head and went into the bnk, but then it wasn’t like those plastic bnks that you had to break to get the money out. You could turn it over and unscrew the little thing and get the money out. Yes, it was old. Her fa. Was in St. Louis in the 1880s and buying things. They didn’t buy it for her when it was new.
M. went out with Ev. When the T.N.T. plant was coming in. She went out and took what she wanted to save. They told her when she could go, and athen they b. the house. They didn’t tearr it down, they just b. everything. My m. and my sis. And I guess my d. because my m couldn’t drive, drove out there and I can imagine this was a very distressful time. They took things to the McK. Farm and that was a huge waste. The poor dear should have just let it burn.
There was a chaise lounge and two chairs, one with arms and one without arms, whatever the standard set was in 1888. The upholstery was maroon with gold trim and had those decorative upholstery tacks. There was a carpet too. One of the dressers came to l. with us in St. Louis. I polishsed that dresser every week for years and years, twelve to fifteen years. It had a sunk in place between the drawers and a mirror on a…well, you could move it back and forwards…
There was an organ that went to McK.’s. The P. piano went to St. Louis. It was the same one as was in the McK. House. And the rug. There was w whole l. room outfit and also bedroom furniture for a different room in the house.
Everybody had two sets of dishes, the special ones for the dining room that were put up in the glass fronted cabinets and then the regular ones. Grandm McK had that too.
Why should she have left it? Because it went to the barn and over twenty years got destroyed. I don’t think she ever looked at it afterwards. While Grandm McK was al. they left everything alone, but when B. was little, they started looking at it. Well, Da. Did. He went out there and it was all ruined. If she’d really wanted it she’d have taken it all to St. Louis. We would have made room.
The back room that had the Louis the Whatever stuff was a finished room, with wallpaper. Upstairs also there was a finished room, the other room they built over the log cabin was paneled but not decorated. Above it was a little storage place, and that were her toys were from the early 1900s. She had all the furniture you needed for a doll. There was a wicker rocking chair and baby beds, and prams and tea sets and dolls with ceramic heads, the kind that go for $500.00 now. The hand were ceramic but the arms were, whatever..fabric. And the little dresses that were popular in 1900. These weren’t like Barbie dolls. She’d get them down and show them to us. They must have been put in boxes and put in the barn but not where the furniture that was ruined was.
The early picture of the barn with the car in it? That’s probably our car. The late picture isn’t our car. There’s lots of pictures of that car, though, us going places and leaning against it and getting things out of the trunk.
Grandma Cora …
That room. We cleaned it every spring. We’d take the carpet out and put it on the clothes line and bear it. I always wondered why. What could get the room dirty? We never used it and the windows were always kept closed and the curtains closed. That’s where the Louis XIV furniture was. We never used it. I did get to lay down on it once in a while. There was a grand piano. It was the kind that you opened up the…thing at the top, and left it up. But I don’t think it was like a concert grand. It also got carpet swept every week, with one of those old carpet sweepers, like a Bissel. And the piano got polished every week, so the pattern of the room should be in my head.
On the dresser there was a brush and comb. The back of the brush had a picture on it and the surface down the comb had something on it. And then there was a little ceramic dish that had a lid on it. That’s where the hair from the brush went to make rats, you know, to make your hair poofier. I had a chignon later, that was something like that. But obviously some of those ladies had some vanity.
Puppy is the only name I rememebr. I don’t remember any cats with Grandm McK, although later there were cats in great number. We had dogs in St. Louis, not cats. Toy, that b and white dog. On the farm there was a br. And tan hound. Every day at 4:30 he would bark to get out of the house and go chase the rabbit across the field. Every day. We’d hear him “Oooohhhhhhh, Ooooooooooooohhh” but he never caught it. Was it a female dog? I don’t know maybe it was female. I guess it was a he. He didn’t go to St. Louis. I don’t know what happened to him. We just left.
The people who moved into the place. The woman’s name was….the man’s name was Carter. You remember I told you about the woman who had been going with the man forever and they finally got m married. Must have been ten years. She was a Graveman. He was Carter, but I don’t know if that was his first name or his last. Her mother was the one who turned to stone (sclera derma) (From another day…I remember going up to see her at her house, to pay respects, just before she died. She was pretty far gone and out of it. I don’t know how long she’d had the disease, but it could have been a long time). The girl who moved to the farm used to take care of us when we were first born. I went to school with her br. Arthur. When they moved in every thing just stayed, all the animals. We had the mules and cows and chickens and pigs, and then we boarded a horse. I don’t know whose horse it was, or what kind of board it was, he was just out in the field. He died later and had to be rendered off.
They arranged for B. and Nettie (Muschany) to move in and the other people moved out. B. and Nettie took the mules.
The McK. Store was on Page Avenue. Well, first it was in the city and then they moved it out to the county. I never saw the store or their house in St. Louis, although I’ve been on the street.
D. had a lot of indigestion later on. He was taking Tums every day and she was going to D. R. for her h. and I said, “He’s sicker than you are, make an appointment for him”, so they did and he didn’t make it to the appointment before he’d had his first h.a.
CORRECTION ON SNAKES There was a nest of rattlesnakes in the woopile…there had been 2 b snakes in the house and one in the corncrib that bit my fa.
We gave him the Chrysler New Yorker to drive and sell for us. That was about two weeks before he d. He was so happy. IT was the best car he ever drove. He went up to Augusta all the time in it to work. He was “sparking the woman” up there in Augusta. That time we went up there to the filling station, she drove in and got gas. He went out and waited on her. When she droev away, he said, “That was the woman I aws telling you about.” I said, “Why didn’t you instroduce us” and he said, “Well…” and made some sort of excuses. But I knew about it. I gave him permission to her her. I gave him permission for everything. I remember when he made his will, he said, “I can make you both executors.” I said, “Do it the way it’s supposed to be done” and that was it.
The woman was, I’m sure very disappointed. She thought she was going to get that car. Mad. Well, she was sure they were getting married and she’d get the whole thing. I was introduced to her at the funeral by one of her kids or grandkids and someone said they were supposed to get married, so she became on of the “chief mourners”, you know, grieving whatever. I don’t know what her name was.
And then W. was so mad because he was sure he was going to get that car. “It was his,” and I said, “It was ours” and he said, “It was over at the house” and I said, “I know it was, we gave it to him”…Madddd…and then there was the money, but we fixed that. We put it in trust so she couldn’t touch it until she turned nineteen.