town on Saturday was an anticipated event. Men and
boys wore their best overalls and women and girls
wore their newest dresses-dresses that they had
often made themselves out of printed feed sacks.
Sometimes a woman would get what she called "gussied
up" and wear earrings.
got to see their neighbors. Maybe learn that it
rained two inches a couple of miles east of town and
they only got a sprinkle-or the reverse.
a bottle of pop or a candy bar or both-on a really
good day an ice cream cone. And of course kids got
to see other kids.
and eggs were sold and they would buy that which
they could not raise-flour, sugar, salt, cloth,
thread, etc. Harnesses, machinery, car tires, a
Maytag-all were big items that required selling
perhaps a good crop or the spring calves.
course many people are still alive who lived during
those years. We still have many of their values such
as "hard work never hurt anyone." However, all that
is left of most of the 80 to 200 acre farms of that
time is often a clump of trees, a caved-in storm
cellar, and/or a falling down barn. The time is as
past as Indians hunting buffalo or cowboys driving
cattle up from Texas.
father in this sculpture is telling his kids, "Sit
down when we get on the main road." An order that
was necessary because when he got off the dirt road
onto a better road he might get up to 30 miles per