By Edith Bradley Rendleman
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 understand what it was once prefer to begin. and that i wager my mother's lifestyles, while she began, used to be as tough back as mine, simply because that they had to make every little thing through hand. i do not be aware of if it may get any more straightforward for those women. yet they do not know what it was once 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 completely happy they do not have to paintings like I did. Very glad." Edith Bradley Rendleman's tale of her existence in southern Illinois is notable 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 kinfolk moved from farm to farm till settling in 1909 within the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and occasions of her kinfolk and acquaintances in the course of an period long gone forever.Remarkable for the brilliant information that evoke the prior, Rendleman's account is uncommon in one other recognize: memoirs of the time—usually written via 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 was once quite like transforming into up on a tenant farm early this century.
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Extra info for All anybody ever wanted of me was to work: the memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman
In the course of this project Mrs. Rendleman gave me her memoirs. " This document is a unique recounting of growing up in a region that was still being cleared for settlement. In her lifetime the landscape has been deforested, swamps drained, rivers channeled and leveed, noxious insects like mosquitoes, flies, and bedbugs brought under control, and diseases like malaria and hog cholera eliminated. Farming has undergone a revolution, with machines and chemicals replacing manual labor, and in the process the farm home has ceased to be a center of agricultural and domestic production.
Those who remained behind appear to have become core members of the Clear Creek Baptist Church, organized in 1820. 3 Union County was attractive to these early settlers because of its elevation from the malaria-ridden bottom lands, its many springs flowing from limestone bedrock, and its rich forests growing from a thick mantel of loess (windblown) soils, left by the glaciers whose advance ended some miles north of the Shawnee Hills that stretch across the southernmost part of Illinois. They began hewing out homesteads and establishing landings on the Mississippi while Illinois was still a territory, and their relatives joined them in the decades following statehood in 1818.
The Family of Robert and Hallie Crowell Rendleman 188 H. The Family of William and Edith Bradley Rendleman 188 Notes 189 Selected Bibliography 201 Index 203 Page ix Plates 1. The Illinois Central Depot at Wolf Lake, c. 1909 8 2. A typical log house in the Mississippi bottoms 13 3. Elijah Bradley and Ritta Etta Josephine Lanham, 1890 27 4. The old Lyerla place 28 5. The Elijah and Sarah Bradley family, 1899 33 6. The Elijah and Sarah Bradley family, c. 1926 35 7. The public square in Jonesboro, c.
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