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The Gem state rural. [volume] (Caldwell, Idaho) 1895-1910, July 26, 1906, Image 11

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OF A CENTURY— F
roir
requires lots of patience and mechanical dexterity
The rough brute will injure the sheep by violence
hasty man will cut out strips ot llesh
sufficient to pay a good shearer.
Then again, after the fleece has been taken off nicely, the art of tying
into a compact, lice, merchantable bundle, ia a knack not easily acquired but
which adds value when the buyer comes to inspect it. '
while the careless an 1
ur ln b * s haste, leave more wool than
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"HUSKING BEES.
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The staid old farmers had an idea that "All work and no play made Jack r
dull boy," and, after the fall work was well in hand, and during the wint< i
months, provided amusements of various kinds for the lads and lassses though
with most of them, utility was mixed with sweet. A "Husking Bee" was om
of the first on the carpet, and preparation would be made in advance, such
raking down any stray bits of hay or straw hanging loose over the mow'
the danger of catching fire, cleaning the barn floor, providing' lantern
sufficient to give light during the evening, sending out invitations, and provid
ing eatables and drinkables after the work was done. The ears of corn had been
"snapped" and drawn to the bain, where it was arranged in circular shape with
a
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so as to
lessen
e bare space in the center, to hold the corn after husking. The evening ap
pointed having come, the boys and girls would gather in (the girls often riding
behind their brothers going, but generally behind some other girl's broth"
returning) and arrange themselves around the outside of the corn pile, and pro
ceed to work.
er
A bundle of cornstalks, or a sack filled with hay would furnish a seat for
a-couple, for there was generally a pairing-off at these bees, and this arrange
ment being made, the work of the evening began, the husked corn being thrown
to the center.
While their hands were busy husking, there was plenty of fun, frolic and
laughter, especially when a red ear was found, this entitling the boy finder to
kiss the girl of his choice, while if found by a girl, it gave her the right to order
any boy present to do any outlandish thing she pleased—kiss a girl he disliked,
or see her home after the bee was over.
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Many of the boys were adepts in finding red ears, so much so that they were
accused of bringing them with them, which was often true.
The corn having all been husked, there was an adjournment to the house
where the good housewife had prepared a bountiful meal of cake, pies, cheese,
coffee and tea, and the balance of the evening, into the small hours, was spent
in cheerful sport.
There was another kind of husking bee than the one above described, one
where all the farmers in the neighborhood would get together and husk the
entire crop of a sick neighbor, or one too weak handed to do it alone.
The lanterns used were made circular, of tin plate, (though sometimes
square) and were some ten or twelve inches high, and six or more inches ia
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diameter, with a door extending nearly from top to bottom. The bottom was
solid and arranged for a candle on the inside. The top was dome shaped, and
extended over the sides of the top, with openings in it to carry off any smoke
from the candle, while the entire body of the lantern was perforated (sometimes
ii; fanciful shapes—birds, flowers, cr animals)) to give air sufficient to support
the burning candle.
They shed a mild yellow light when closed, but with the door opened one
was a tin reflector back of
could see very well by their aid, especially if there
the candle, arranged to reflect th light through the door.
NUTTING BEES" AND "GHOST STORIES."
In addition to the bountiful supply of fruits and vegetables stored away in
the cellars for winter, the boys and girls, after the first hard frost in the fall,
would join in nutting bees, and gather nuts of all kinds growing thereabouts
hickory nuts, butternuts, beechnuts and chesnuts, which would be stored in some
dry place upstairs and, in the long winter evenings, with a glorious «re of hickory
logs burning in the ample lire place, there would gather in some of their
panions, and have a good time, eating apples and nuts, supplcinent^ may jJ
with cider, mince pie, doughnuts and cheese, and enlivened by telling stones
The stories were often times ghost stories, and I remember
old, of being badly frightened upon going
It was a moonlight night,
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and singing songs,
when a boy of seven or eight years
to bed, after having listened to several such stories.
I reached the head of the stairs 1 dimly saw what seemed to be a specter
One of the hire-1
and as
and screamed ' ' Ghost " " Ghost ! ! " and ran back down stairs,
men was brave enough to investigate, and found that while we children were at
school, our father had bought a hog, and stored it in the upper room t .rougi

which we had to pass to get to our sleeping place. After this, g ms s orit s
were inhibated at our house, as the nervous shock T nceive , vr 1
lesson to my parents, and was borne in mind when I became
allowed us when we went to bed,
for days, w r as a
father. I must say here that no lights weie
; only supplied with at. inch or so of
and even at the taverns the guests
were
candle to see to undress.
HOUSES AND HOUSE "RAISINGS.
particular ofnamentat
car
The house8- were substantially built,,but without ... v
The frame was composed of hewn limbers, which were prepare., by t «
['enters, in four sections, and when the cellar had .been dua. st !
Wavy timbers laid on which the frame was to stand, the netghbor. would
invited to a
ton.
would gather and
and often twenty, thirty or more
The foundation timbers, artd the beam timbers, were n.o.
middle distance, and the corner
rhich and th.fi tehnofi
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raising bee
assist in the raising.
ticed at the corners, and if a large building, at
{■pc.ghtMsithe in p]acei
b hole was bored-to receive a wooden pm, » h hold frirae to
pins we.re through tbe * orn * r8 ' aboVC am
gpther whgjt raised, and in place. „„
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Continued Next Week
fTo Be
Opera House
Pharmacy
PURE DRUGS,
QUICK SERVICE,
COURTEOUS TREAT
MENT.
TOILET ARTICLES,
Stationery,
Sundries.
REEVES & MARLATT
Caldwell, Idaho.
I
l*rint Your Own
Butter Wrappers
From 50 to 75c
HOW?
By getting a rubber stamp from
the
Idaho Stamp Works, Caldwell, Ida.
Send in Your Order.
• Classified Column. »
jiood work horses
Cows. Inquire of
Mountain View
FOR HALF
land Fresh Dairy
Holgate,
Frank
Ranch, 2 miles east of Caldwell.
Whatman's Water Color Paper in
three grades and weights. The Cax
ton Printers, Caldwell.
OLD PAPERS FOR SALE--20
Will exchange for
The Caxton Printers,
cents a hundred,
clean rags.
Caldwell, Idaho
FOR SALE—Good family cow,
with hand
old Jersey heifer
Cow gentle and an easy milk
Inquire at this office.
rags.
seven th-elgth Jersey,
some, 3-months
calf.
er.
WCS.
N. B. Truth, St. Paul, June 31, '08.
—I've lived so long, I remember well
when the Mississippi was a brook.
My good health and long 5 IIIfe came by
taking Hollister s Locky Mounta
lea. 3 5 cents, orter &
W ® " " oBered
piete line of screen doors ever ottered
n us... Caldwell Cumber Co.
If you are not a reader of the Gem
State Rural,this is to remind you that
we would be glad to have you on our
Send in the dollar and we will
It is hte best investment
list .
do the rest,
tor theraoney in the State.
§jT ÄCÄ DEMY
Beautifully located in Portland, Oregon,
offers unsurpassed facilities for the cul
ture and education of young women, Speda
opportunities in Music. Art, L.miruaües and Liter
ature Wail equipped Physh al and Chemical Lab
oratories. Herbarium and Mineral Cabinet
largest and oldest Ladies Seminary in the Pacific
Northwest, it enjoys a national reputation f6r im
partin« the best physical, mental and moral train-I
in« and developin« true woman Hood. Equiptft
socially and educationally for the most exalted
station. Confers Academic and Colle«iate Decrees
by State Authority.
of non-Catholics is scrupulously avoided. Academy
is ideally located, amid inspiring scenic advan
tages. Social opportunities suet* as are available
other city on the Coast. Buildings large and
commodious well-lighted, heated and ventilated;
dormitories and private room* supplied with all
modern convenient*«;! Æh« Institut libetaQ
and progressive without sacrificing the character
and traditions of age and achievement. Term*
modest. SaSfefactory references required Write for
announcement booklet. Board artd tuitior>5l80 per
year tddress Sister Suj>«i«r r üt, Alary« Academy
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Interference with convictions
in no
PORTLAND, OREGON, U.S. A.
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IDAHO MEAT Company
Dealers in
All Kinds of Moat and Poultry.
Fish in Season.
Prompt attention and courteous
treatment. Wagon to all parts
of the city. Froman-Davis Block,
CALDWELL. IDAHO.
Barred and White Plymouth
!Rocks, Buff Orpingtons
and Brown Leghorns.
Eggs >1-50 for 15, Ranch 2 miles east anti 'Z l A
miles north ot Nampa.
Wm. STONER,
R F D No .2
Box 34
nampa. idaho;
pURJTAN poULTRY p ARM
Breeds best Strains
WHITE
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BARRED
PLYMOUTH
ROCKS
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Mammoth Bronze Turkeys
and Indian Runner Ducks.
Stock for sale after Sept 15.
Marry T. Levins, payette,ida.
ROSE COMB
White Orpington Fowls
Best in the West
Send for free valuable circu
lar. Eggs shipped by pre
paid express.
Mrs. L -H. Sucetser,
Burley, Idaho.
UÏ.
Imperial flouring
mills
CALDWELL, IDAHO.
New and modern in every particular
Full Cream and Other
Brands of Flour, Corn
Meal, Graham, etc, Feed
Stuffs
GASH PAID FOR WHEAT
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BRETT & DUNCAN,
Proprietors.
REGISTERED
Shorthorns
Registered Shorthorn
... Bull* for Sale; • Good
and wi 1 please you—
One red and two roans.
Two are of the ScotlitfH
Glostef strain.
! j. K. SHELDON, New Plymouth. Ida

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