Gard, Robert Edward / My land, my home, my Wisconsin : the epic story of the Wisconsin farm and farm family from settlement days to the present
Of new ways, and of new harvests, pp. 37-62 PDF (16.1 MB)
his own? It is said that insanity is more prevalent among farmers' wives than among individuals of any other class. It is true that many a sad-faced farmer's wife does say, 'My daughter shall never marry a farmer if her mother can help it.' "Another remedy for the dissatisfaction of the farmer's daughter and his wife, too, would be found if each could herself be in some way a producer of money and could have entire control of it. It is such a comfort to have one's own pocket book. More than one wife has said to me, not always a farmer's wife, either, 'I envy you in one respect and that is that you earn money and can do what you please with it. I have the best husband in the world, but I do hate to ask him for every little thing I want.' May it not be possible in the varied resources of the farm to find some light, yet remunerative, work which may be chiefly done, wholly managed by the daughter, the proceeds to be entirely at her disposal. Washing dishes, baking bread, ironing, sweeping, the care of children are very essential in the home, but they do become monotonous, and the change of occupation would in itself bring relief. Buttermaking on a small scale, poultry-raising, bee culture, the raising and canning of berries, might be profitably engaged in. The sum total of the proceeds of the farm would be increased, and the father, when once he had become accustomed to a division of money, as well as of labor, would be spared much annoyance. The daugh- ter would have a business faculty trained, would learn the value of money, as she can in no other way, and a healthful, helpful occupation and diversion would be furnished her." Speculators and land companies operated everywhere. 62
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