"Threshing years ago was a lot of fun, especially for
the kids. There was always lots going on, lots to eat. We'd get started
early in the morning. I started pitching bundles when I was about
14, 15 years old, on a rack… Sometimes you had
to get up early so you could be the first one on the rack…
or it was your turn, you'd had to keep your turn, and you had to get up especially
early and so you'd have a load done by the time, 7:00 o'clock for sure.
And then you'd threshed, and then if you were the last one in the evening
sometimes you didn't get home until just about dark. That was a long day.
But you always had a lot of company and you had a lot of food. Nine [a.m.] you would eat lunch, 12:00 o'clock you'd have a big dinner, and at 4:00 o'clock you'd eat lunch again, and then that would last until you got home. But the food in those days, there was no refrigeration. A lot of times, the ladies would have extra help. They would butcher chickens in the morning, and they'd have fried chicken by noon."