Saturday, July 30, 2016

Growing Up In Rural Alabama and Georgia

My Grandmother Manila and cousin, 1914-1916

Hilley's and Harper's 1917

Turner Family 1913

VanBuren, Peggy Boseman Tatum Family
One son of Riley Tatum, 1900

     From the above pictures it was really hard living in the rural areas of Georgia and Alabama. The top two are located in Alabama while the bottom two are in Georgia. Living without indoor water, bathroom and a washing machine. I think it interesting that most of the clothes are black and white, talk about showing dust and dirt.
     In the picture of the Hilley's and Harper's, my great grandpa William Ershel Hilley had a disabled left leg. In all of his pictures, he either was sitting, standing leaning against something or as in this picture he has his leg draped over a log and supported by his crutch. 
     In the Tatum, this was my ggUncle Van Buren Tatum, he lost his right arm "above the elbow" during the Civil War. If you look close, you can tell. He and his wife Peggy, applied for war injury help in 1879, he received $60.00.
     During this time it wasn't unusual to have many children. In farming, there was always a need for more hands, plus long cold winters and no birth control products.
     It was up at 4:00 am to milk the cows and feed the livestock; eat breakfast and head out to the fields. Or maybe cooking and sewing. No electricity, it was all done by daylight, candles or kerosene lamps.
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Kerosene lamps borrowed from Google free pictures

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Notice the silver plate used to reflect more light-
borrowed from Google free pictures

3 comments:

N Harper said...

What time do you think people went to bed? I wonder about wash day - heating up the water etc. I know ya'll had to do that also since you didn't have running water for a good while. No TV, no electronics, no AC. What a different life they lead. I'm surprised that so many people survived amputations during the Civil War like your ggUncle but you see a lot of that in old pictures
Larry and I were watching a movie about Gettysburg the other night.

Judy Harper said...

Without electricity, and having to get up early, people went to bed around seven or eight pm. Early!As for heating water on wash days, you remember those big ole black wash pots? Mom didn't have one, but Aunt Jessie did. I remember we would go with Mom over to Aunt Jessie's and she'd get out the pot, fill it with water, build a fire and they'd boil our bed clothes, sheets and pillow cases. One of them would stand there with a stick, stirring the clothes.Talk about white!

Rummuser said...

I was born and brought up in cities and except to visit our village during holidays, never had the experience of rural life. Even during the brief visits, we were protected and looked after all the time and hence missed out on a lot of experiences that people brought up in rural parts have.