News-Antique.com - Apr 27,2010 - Growing up in the late 30’s and 40’s was a different world, as all generations are different one from the other. We lived in a very small lake side town; almost all the people in the town were interrelated. This is a very good, very bad situation to mature in. All your neighbors knew what family you were from, what grade you were in school; actually they appeared even to know how well you did in school, as all the teachers were also a part of the town. If the neighbors found you doing anything improper your parents were the first but not the last to know. The information was past from dinner table to dinner table the “Talk of the Town.”
Our neighborhood was one block from the lake, we never realized how fortunate we were to live by a lake; to swim, fish, sail boating, rowing, etc., all summer it was vacation time. While winter was skating, sledding, ice boating, etc. all the wonderful winter sports you could desire, for free. We had a unique situation, my great-grandmother, lived down the alley one way and my grandmother lived down the alley the other way. We lived and rented the “Little Brick” which was our great grandmother’s house. She was the most interesting person in my early life. She had a home with the original barn in the back of her home, in the fenced in yard she had chickens, a very large garden, and not one inch of space was unused. The chickens had the cute little triangle type hutches where she kept the ones for roosting while the others ran free. On her back porch she had a wood fired cook stove. She used it until she passed away, and could cook anything and it would come from the oven beautiful. How did they regulate the heat, she used wood to heat it and where did she get the wood? She was extremely talented. She made hooked rungs from old wool clothing and also made her own designs which were beautiful. She passed away in the 50’s (the death of almost any antique) and all her beautiful wool rugs were burned. She also helped my mother make comforters. They would use the old clothing cut into squares and sewed by hand together and this would be the top, then they would use yarn (two stands tied together on the top which appeared to be a bow) at each corner of each square of fabric to attach the back and the front together with a winter cotton sheet in the middle. This was the only blanket I ever used until I was married. She was extremely frugal, kept all her string from the grocery store, all the tin foil. All the coffee cans. The string was wrapped into balls and reused many, many times. I have no idea what the tin foil was used for.
In this era, the grocery store and the milk were home delivered. My