New PDF release: All anybody ever wanted of me was to work: the memoirs of

By Edith Bradley Rendleman

ISBN-10: 0809319314

ISBN-13: 9780809319312

From All anyone Ever sought after of Me was once to Work... "Starting round 1950, humans stopped elevating chickens, milking cows, and elevating hogs. they simply purchase it on the shop, able to consume. much purchase a steer and feature it processed in Dongola and positioned it of their freezer. What a distinction! women have gotten it really easy now. they do not even be aware of what it was once prefer to commence. and that i wager my mother's lifestyles, while she began, used to be as challenging back as mine, simply because that they had to make every thing by means of hand. i do not be aware of if it will possibly get any more uncomplicated for those women. yet they do not know what it used to be like, and so they by no means will. every thing is packaged. All you do is visit the shop and purchase you a package deal and cook dinner it. computerized washers and dryers. i am completely satisfied they do not have to paintings like I did. Very glad." Edith Bradley Rendleman's tale of her lifestyles in southern Illinois is extraordinary in lots of methods. Recalling the 1st half the 20th century in nice aspect, she vividly cites vignettes from her early life as her relations moved from farm to farm until eventually settling in 1909 within the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and occasions of her family members and acquaintances in the course of an period long gone forever.Remarkable for the vibrant information that evoke the previous, Rendleman's account is unusual in one other appreciate: memoirs of the time—usually written by means of humans from elite or city families—often reek of nostalgia. yet Rendleman's memoir differs from the norm. Born bad in rural southern Illinois, she tells an unvarnished story of what it used to be particularly like becoming up on a tenant farm early this century.  

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Its fertile soil was, however, well suited to commercial wheat-growing, and by the late nineteenth century much of the land was owned by investors, rather than resident farmers. Early Towns and Landings The earliest settlers had established landings along the river where county produce, particularly in the prerailroad era, could be shipped to commercial markets. One of the first acts of the county government when it broke off from Johnson County in 1818 was to site a road from Penrod's Ferry to the old Johnson County seat, Elvira.

Donated land at the north end of what is now the village for the Grand Tower and Cape Girardeau Railroad, later bought by the Illinois Central Railroad, or ICRR, for a branch line. He then platted the town. Between 1900 and 1904 the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad built a line parallel to the original line. It was bought in 1917 by the Missouri Pacific, known as the MoPac. 20 The ICRR operated until the late 1960s; the MoPac still operated its branch line in 1995. Edith's life spans nearly the entire period of development and decline of the Wolf Lake area.

Mark Wagner identified sites on maps; Professor Gary Kolb and members of the 1992 field school in ethnohistory and documentary photography at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale made copy negatives of Edith Rendleman's photographic collection; and the extremely helpful staff at the Research Photography and Illustration Facility, SIUC, printed the photographs. Kevin Davie at Morris Library, SIUC, scanned maps so I could trace them. Thanks also to Valerie Yow, Ronald Rich, and anonymous readers, whose comments enabled me to revise the manuscript; to James Simmons, editorial director at Southern Illinois University Press, who helped initiate this project; and to the sensitive and careful editing by freelance copyeditor John Wilson, Managing editor Susan Wilson, assistant editor Tracey Sobol-Hill, and the rest of the staff at SIU Press.

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