By Edith Bradley Rendleman
From All anyone Ever sought after of Me used to be to Work... "Starting round 1950, humans stopped elevating chickens, milking cows, and elevating hogs. they simply purchase it on the shop, able to devour. much purchase a steer and feature it processed in Dongola and placed it of their freezer. What a distinction! ladies have gotten it really easy now. they do not even recognize what it used to be wish to begin. and that i wager my mother's existence, whilst she began, used to be as not easy back as mine, simply because they'd to make every little thing by way of hand. i do not understand if it could possibly get any more straightforward for those ladies. yet they do not know what it used to be like, and so they by no means will. every little thing is packaged. All you do is visit the shop and purchase you a package deal and prepare dinner it. automated washers and dryers. i am blissful 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 1/2 the 20th century in nice aspect, she vividly cites vignettes from her formative years as her relations moved from farm to farm till settling in 1909 within the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and instances of her kinfolk and pals in the course of an period long gone forever.Remarkable for the brilliant info that evoke the previous, Rendleman's account is unusual in one other admire: memoirs of the time—usually written through humans from elite or city families—often reek of nostalgia. yet Rendleman's memoir differs from the norm. Born terrible in rural southern Illinois, she tells an unvarnished story of what it was once particularly like starting to be up on a tenant farm early this century.
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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. She was born in 1898, just nine years after the town was platted, when most of the area was still in swamps and forests. Her parents' generation, born in the 1860s, had experienced the advent of steam-driven ma- Page 9 chinery, which replaced handicrafts such as spinning and weaving, and the hand thrashing of wheat.
Their importance in the early political culture of the county is indicated in the county's name: "Union" referred to a camp meeting jointly held by George Wolf and a Baptist minister around 1817. Despite being active in local affairs, including being a founding member of the Masonic Lodge in 1822, Wolf stayed only two decades in the county, leaving for Adams County in northwestern Illinois in 1831 with some members of his flock. Those who remained behind appear to have become core members of the Clear Creek Baptist Church, organized in 1820.
5. WomenIllinoisBiography. I. ). II. Title. )CIP Title page photo: Edith Bradley Rendleman, 1995. 48-1984. TO MY PARENTS Elijah Bradley and Sarah Penrod Grammer Bradley Contents Plates ix Editor's Preface xi Map 1 Union County in the Mid-Nineteenth Century xvii Map 2 Union County in 1900 xix Map 3 The World of Edith Bradley Rendleman's Memoirs xx Introduction Jane Adams 1 1. The Hard World I Was Born Into 24 2. First Memories of Home 36 3. Spice Cake and Fried Squirrel 51 4. Bringing in the Harvest 66 5.
All anybody ever wanted of me was to work: the memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman by Edith Bradley Rendleman