I sometimes forget that my mom didn’t grow up as a pioneer in late 1800s, but actually about 100 years later in the 1960s. All of her childhood stories always remind me more of an episode of Little House on the Prairie rather than the more suburban nostalgia we see on The Brady Bunch.
Growing up on a farm, she and her many brothers and sisters were all expected to chip in and help their dad with things, like pulling weeds and picking the fruit during harvest,as well as helping their mom keep the house in order on wash days and preparing daily meals. It’s like hearing about time travel every time she remembers another part of her chores back then!
Of course,they also managed to enjoy a few of the more modern conveniences like indoor plumbing by the time my mom was in high school. The folks making their way across the country as early settlers, however, were lucky if they were even able to find land they could stake their claim on.
Take a look at some of the other tasks those pioneering families tackled on a daily basis below.
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