March 16, 2018
You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
The readers of the “Union” newspaper in March of 1877, found an article titled “Make Homes of Your Farms”. The author wrote: “Farmers and homesteaders were told that the farm should be made an enjoyable “home” and not just a place of confinement, deprivation, hard labor or discontent. It advised farmers to make a delightful home; to lay out plans with their children to constantly increase its attraction; to enlarge orchards; build a drying room and pressing room and teach boys and girls to dry and preserve food; to can fruit and let the children share in the money which they earn from the processing.
When parents pay their children for work done, do not advise them to buy a pig or sheep, because many thoughtless farmers did. They should tell their offspring to subscribe to some good publications and then establish a reading circle in the family where each could read aloud in the evening.
If they bought good furniture for their houses instead of fancy guns and hunting dogs, their homes would be comfortable and attractive. They could rest assured their children would regard it as the dearest spot on earth and they would never wish to leave it.”
Some of these may still be good ideas today. I am not sure that all of today’s children would never want to leave their parents, no matter how much they appreciated their parent’s house. Well, anyway … that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Historical Society.