The time was 1951,shortly after a fire destroyed our old farm house three days after Christmas in 1950.
Living in a small farming community in southeastern Indiana, the community we lived in was like an extended family.
The local fire department was an all volunteer force which responded even
before dad and I were able to arrive home from an early morning errand.
After the fire was distinguished, the task of building a new home was
tackled. In those days there was no such thing as insurance and being
farmers, money was hard to come by.
Soon neighbors began to help,and battling freezing cold , the old house was dismantled and a
new home was soon constructed from materials salvaged from the remaining
structure. Work was continued through the long cold winter, probably
one of the coldest and snow laden winters in recent memory , until it
was finally completed in the spring, ready for us to move into and after
the unexpected interruption continue our lives .
The house was pretty basic, as in those days there were no modern conveniences such as
we all enjoy today. No TV, micro wave ovens, computers , etc. We did
have a bathroom, but for a time it was just an empty room, the normal
appliances of a bathroom were only added later as money allowed. Outdoor
plumbing was still the only option, so in really cold weather, I would
wait until I arrived at school so I could use warmer facilities. At
school the restroom was located in the basement, so it wasn’t much
warmer than at home, but every degree helps.
We left the farm in 1963, and at that time a bath tub still had not been installed. We were
poor, but we had fun and it was a great way to grow up, we have much
today, but in many ways those times were better as people were closer
and always willing to help in a time of crisis. No one even thought of
asking government for help, it would have been a disgrace to ask for
public money to assist someone in need.
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Remembering a simpler time, a time when neighbor knew neighbor and people helped each other.I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.
Financially, times were hard , my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. We ,along with my brother , who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state.