from Brooke Co Historical Society April 1980.
This phrase was known to our great, great grandmothers long before we ever thought of it. Stop a minute and think of what these pioneer women did in a day.
They probably got up around 5 a.m. or even earlier, prepared breakfast and it wasn't the breakfast most of us eat today. It would be ham, eggs, grits, coffee, a spread and perhaps other foods that we can't even imagine. After cleaning up the breakfast dishes, which were probably "Treen" ware (wooden ware), they would feed their chickens, if they were lucky enough to have any, father the eggs and milk the cow.
After all this, the housewife would go to the fields to help her husband in clearing and planting the fields, or perhaps raise a barn or even help in caulking the logs in their home.
After preparing another large meal, around four or five in the afternoon, her evening would be spent in carding, spinning, weaving or knitting wool. If candles were low, she would spend the evening making Tallow Candles in candle moulds while her husband spent his evenings making bullets.
These ladies spent the long winter evenings making clothing such as quilts, counterpanes, hosiery, dresses, trousers, coats, bedsheets, towels, napkins, etc. for her home. An exhibit of some of these early woven items may be seen at the Brooke County Museum in Wellsburg (6th & Main Street).
If they wanted color garments, the wool was taken to a Fulling Mill to have it "fulled" or "dyed".
They raised their hogs and in the fall butchered and cured their bacon, etc. for the rest of the year. Remember, they had no stores to run to as we do, but were dependent on their own resources for practically all they had. They traded their items for sugar, tea, coffee, spices, etc.
They rendered lard; made butter and sausage. Canning was unknown to them, but they did dry onions and stored potatoes and apples.
How many of us could do what these wonderful ladies did in a day?