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 only 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! ladies have gotten it really easy now. they do not even comprehend what it used to be prefer to start. and that i bet my mother's existence, whilst she began, was once as not easy back as mine, simply because they'd to make every thing by way of hand. i do not recognize if it will probably get any more uncomplicated for those ladies. yet they do not know what it used to be 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 cook dinner it. automated washers and dryers. i am blissful they do not have to paintings like I did. Very glad." Edith Bradley Rendleman's tale of her lifestyles in southern Illinois is amazing in lots of methods. Recalling the 1st 1/2 the 20th century in nice element, she vividly cites vignettes from her youth as her family members moved from farm to farm until eventually settling in 1909 within the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and instances of her kinfolk and pals in the course of an period long past forever.Remarkable for the bright info that evoke the prior, Rendleman's account is uncommon in one other recognize: memoirs of the time—usually written by means of humans from elite or city families—often reek of nostalgia. yet Rendleman's memoir differs from the norm. Born terrible in rural southern Illinois, she tells an unvarnished story of what it used to be rather like turning out to be up on a tenant farm early this century.
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The nearest milling point is Jonesboro, and the mode of conveyance being very inconvenient. A great quantity of flour and meal is shipped from St. Louis, and consequently cannot be retailed at as low rates as at the mill. " The Springs also opened a dry goods store that year. The village, however, was eaten up by the river's shifting course and thirteen years later, when a massive county history was compiled, it had been swept away. Only the post office, a small store, and a steamboat landing remained.
Wedding portrait of Bill Rendleman and Edith Bradley, 1917 135 36. Bill Rendleman and Albert Grammer in uniform 138 37. The Rendleman family, c. 1921 142 38. Dossie Burnley, 1924 145 39. Lloyd Hale, Bill Rendleman, and Bill Hale with rabbits, c. 1922 155 40. Bill Morgan with a truckload of CCC boys in the 1930s 157 41. Lenita Rendleman with a hen and chicks, c. 1914 159 42. Rendleman family portrait, 1936 163 43. Family picture at Bonnie Rendleman Rushing's home, c. 1940 164 44. Tootie and Bud Rendleman with Julie and Bill Phillips in the 1940s 165 45.
P. (Bud) now lives in. Her husband's father, Robert Rendleman, was the founder of the town of Wolf Lake. Mrs. Rendleman has written a history of Wolf Lake (published in the Anna Gazette Democrat) and worked on her family genealogy for the Rendleman family book. She has a fine memory, and members of her family are interested in the project. The farmstead is a good example of the kind of relatively substantial tenant farming in this area in the first third of the century. It has been well maintained and remains a working farm, although the house is strictly a residence (Mrs.
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