Thursday, November 8, 2007
Carey Chapel &Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant Baptist hosts dedication service
There will be a dedication service for the new fellowship hall and to welcome the new pastor, Rev. Don LaBelle and wife. A potluck meal will be held Nov. 11, at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant.
A large crowd attended the Fall Festival at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant Saturday, Oct. 27. Dr. Jason Cunningham from Baldwyn was one guest speaker at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant Sunday night, Oct. 28. He spoke about his mission trip to Brazil. He was accompanied by his wife and children.
Hannah Teel was honored by her parents, Gery and Michelle, on her sixth birthday, Oct. 28 with ice cream and cake. She received many gifts. A host of relatives and friends attended.
The Slayden, Mt. Pleasant and Early Grove Volunteer Firemen and friends were honored with a chili supper and fireworks by a friend Saturday night, Oct. 27.
Correction: Floy Wilson had surgery at Baptist Desoto Hospital, not West Clinic, Oct. 26. Floy is my sister. She needs our prayers.
Hubert and Carol Staggs are home after visiting relatives and friends in Connecticut recently.
Bro. Arnold Goode from Sweet Springs, Mo., visited me and friends for several days recently.
Madge Winburn and granddaughter Morgan from Hickory Flat also visited me Monday.
As a girl growing up on a farm back in the ’30s, September and October meant harvesting time. There was no machinery, only your hands to pick cotton and corn. My fingers would get very sore. Sometimes they would bleed when the cotton burs would prick them.
After the cotton was picked it was hauled to the gin five miles away in a wagon pulled by mules. It was ginned into big bales. Daddy sold it to buy groceries, shoes and clothes for the family and to pay the banker if he had borrowed money to make the crop.
Corn picking wasn’t too bad. You could wear gloves. Every ear was pulled by hand and tossed into a wagon hitched to mules. Sometimes the mules would get restless. The corn was carried to the barn, picked up by a scoop that looked like a shovel but bigger, and thrown into a corn crib to feed the mules, pigs and chickens during the winter. Some of it was carried to the gristmill to be ground into meal to make cornbread to feed the family.
Peanuts and popcorn were also grown on the farm. The peanuts were pulled up, put on top of the barn to dry. After they dried, we picked them off the vine and put them in a sack. I remember we kids would shell some, put them in an iron skillet with butter to roast on top of the stove. Sometimes we put them in a big pan and stuck them inside of the oven to roast.
The popcorn was put in a wire basket with a long handle and you would hold it over a blaze in the fire to pop. You had to shake it continually so it wouldn’t burn.
My, my! Things have really changed since I was a girl growing up on a farm.
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