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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
(1882)

Morley, Fannie
The dignity of butter making, from a woman's standpoint,   pp. 60-63 PDF (817.1 KB)


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TAi DIGNITY op BUTrIOB MAKING. 
I think we are apt to appay the word dignity to what is really a 
false dignity or no dignity at all. Stiffness, pride and self-conceit 
too often are pronounoedj dignity; yet how erroneously so called, 
since they do not partake in the least degree of the true idea. 
The progressive butter maker will fling to the winds his self-con- 
oeit, and be as willing to be taught as to teach, to be criticised as 
to criticise, doing his own studying and planning, learning useful 
lessons as surely from failure as from success. Therefore, let us 
make the most of our butter making, for in so doing we shall make 
the most of ourselves; and, though lesser lights we may be, strive 
to illume the pathway to success. We pity the man - yes, but I 
will may woman -who has grown up without work, without care, 
without much thought, till by some unforeseen event she is made the 
unhappy recipient of the burden of toil, care and responsibility, 
for burden it is to those who are not educated aright. How much 
bettet to be trained to think and plan, also to work while young, 
and what better place for accomplishing this than on the farm, 
where there is always so much of this to be done, that each mem- 
ber of the household may be required and trusted to do his or her 
part, each one being held responsible for the appointed work. The 
frm, especially the dairy farm, is like unto a great school, the 
owner or proprietor acting the part of teacher, each worker or pu- 
pil having his different branches of study and work, all uniting in 
the general exercises or chores. Take, for instance, the work or 
study of butter making. We will suppose it to be dignified butter 
making, requiring thought, skill and work. Notwithstanding the 
progress recently made in the art, the changes of opinion and prac- 
tiee regarding it, and the prediction that soon butter making will 
be confined exclusively to factories and creameries, the real work 
neceseitates that close attention to detail and method as to be good 
discipline for any young lady, or gentleman either, who may have the 
essential inclination to attempt the work. True, the work may be very 
easily and successfully accomplished with the proper use of good 
apparatus; yet it does take time and require more or less thought 
and attention. Who says that butter making, successfully carried 
on, is not ennobling, dignified employment? It depends upon the 
true dignity of the butter maker whether the irticle manufactured, 
when placed upon -the market, demands a good price or a poor 
price, provided the milk or cream is all right when placed under 
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