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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Pickford, W. H.
Home building-- a plea for better homes for farmers,   pp. 254-257 PDF (1.1 MB)


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to the bathtub and kitchen sink." power. I believe  if more farmerd
Would not his face   be  a study? would  make   home   building and
Would he not say, "Mirandy, do you home adornment an aim in life,
we
ouppose I am made of money?" Out should be more contented as a clas.
of which investment would he get We should not be in a hurry to move
the most benefit? Now, if anyone to town. We would be less envious
needs a bath regularly and often at of persons who make a great show.
certain seasons of the year, it is the In  estimating  one's  positions it
farmer; but when he must steal a makes a great difference to one's
bath as he would a melon, be de- feelings as to which way he looks.
serves great credit if he keeps him- It sometimes pays to look backwards.
self clean. If anyone needs a kitch- I believe that every man owes it to
en snk with hot and cold soft water himself to be above his business in
on tap at all times, and a drain to the sense of saying to it, "You
keep
that sink, it is his wife. Just think your place. I am greater than you."
of the tons of water some one must How successful is that man who has
carry out of a farmer's kitchen in farmed so well that you cannot
a year, and the law of gravitation touch him any where, but farming
lying idle.                       oozes from  him. I recognize the
I may truly say that we are an en- power and convenience of wealth;
terprising set of farmers. We al- but if in acquiring it we lose either
ways buy the latest made machines health, honor or happiness, it comes
and some of us are so enterprising too dear. Let us be good to our-
that we do not half wear out our old selves and to those committed to our
machines before we buy new ones. care. Let us live this life well, re-
Why should we not be as careful to membering  that when      the Great
fix up our wife's workshop as our Equalizer, Death, comes to us, of all
own? Let us make our homes as the things that we have accumll
nearly as possible, suburban-keeping lated, there is but one that we can
all the advantages of the country, keep, and that is the character that
an   d adding as many of the convetr- we have built around the personality
iences of the city as lies in our which this body encloses.
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