In addition to growing crops for cash and to use as feed, some families took their homegrown and homemade commodities like eggs and cream to the nearest town. Children’s chores — like separating milk, churning cream into butter, and gathering eggs — were important to the family’s income. Because there was no electricity or refrigeration on farms at the time, cream and eggs could only be stored for a short time in a cool place such as a well. About twice a week, farm families would travel to town to sell what they produced. Some families took cream in 10-gallon cans to Hastings where it was purchased by a company, shipped by train to Omaha or Minnesota, and later processed into cheese.
Written by Claudia Reinhardt.