My Grandmother Manila and cousin, 1914-1916
Hilley's and Harper's 1917
Turner Family 1913
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.
Kerosene lamps borrowed from Google free pictures
Notice the silver plate used to reflect more light-
borrowed from Google free pictures