Haag, Rita / If you look back, it's not that far: memories of Mary Stella Sutter Haag recorded at age 103
Part III: Life as Mrs. Albert Haag, pp. 36-64 PDF (9.2 MB)
PART III--LIFE AS MRS. ALBERT HAAG Beginning Married Life on the Farm in Perry After their honeymoon in South Dakota, Mary and Albert came back to the farm, which he had purchased on March 1, 1913. Mary remembers: "We had horses, no buggies or anything, just horses. When we bought the farm we got a few cows with it and then the rest we bought, here and there. We had 18 the first year, and we milked them all by hand. Dad was not a good milker--he always said he was not a good milker." (Note: In Part III, when Mary says "Dad" she is referring to Albert.) Apparently Albert's insistence that he was not a good milker had more to do with preference than patience or ability. Mary said: "Ya, he had the patience, but I done most of the milking. It took us about an hour, and then he had to take the milk about two miles to the factory with the milk rig. It was just a light thing. It held about six cans and the horses pulled it." There were only dirt roads leading to the farm then and Albert and Mary hauled all their supplies, produce and livestock to and from Mt. Horeb on wagons pulled with horses. "We had a team of horses. There were no singles; we had a double. While he took the milk to the factory, I'd do the chores, then when he came home we had breakfast. Afterwards he went in the fields and I did my work and we worked that way for quite a while. Then the second year we had more cows so we needed help and his brother came and helped us--Gregor--and then all at once the war broke out. They took Gregor, and then Joe came to help us and finally they took Joe. He (Albert) was lucky he was on the farm or they'd have taken him too. They needed the food so bad. "Gregor, he had a bad time. He was in the trenches, sometimes a couple of days he laid in the trenches. But Joe was lucky. (Joe had double pneumonia which temporarily put off his assignment overseas.) The war was over by the time he was supposed to go across. When they got home of course, we got a little help then again. And by that time we had the kids who could help a little bit. Not with the field work, but we had a hired girl and she stayed in the house with the kids, then I'd have to help with the chores."
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