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Home on the range, a few early recipes
SINCE CANNING IN the 1800s was hit or miss, many early settlers preferred to dry their vegetables. Green beans were strung and hung, in what they called
SINCE CANNING IN the 1800s was hit or miss, many early settlers preferred to dry their vegetables. Green beans were strung and hung, in what they called "leather britches."
If there is one thing I do not regret about modern living, it is the convenience of procuring food, especially bread. Ladies, think of how your life would change, if every three days you had to spend your time baking bread. Ladies of the 19th century had no choice. Our focus today is food.
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Button up or clam up, it was all the same
If you've ever waded in the Kankakee, especially barefoot, you are familiar with the lowly clam. The edges of its shell are sharp, and some are rather pretty, being almost lavender in color. But at best they are only used for catfish bait or to keep the children busy while you do some serious fishing.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Here comes the feared epizootic, what shall we do?
It is hard to describe how truly dependent people in the 19th century were on the horse and its relation the mule. Every aspect of life somehow involved the horse. It is no wonder then that when the ugly epizootic appeared in 1872 it had a devastating effect on the economy of the nation.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The many cuisines of the coal fields
In 1886 Braidwood and surrounding coal towns were composed of countless numbers of ethnic groups, each of them bringing their own cuisines to the table. A walk down the streets of the various neighborhoods must have been a delight to the nose at dinnertime. Let's look at a few of them.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Building a town, but out of what?
Oh if my way back machine really worked! If only I could go back and really see what Wilmington was like in the first 20 years of its existence. I know one thing for sure; it was so different that I probably would not recognize it.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
June 1865: We want to go home!
The war was over; the rebellion had been put down. President Lincoln had taken his final ride. Now more than ever, time weighed heavily. Thoughts came rushing back - of comrades no longer with us, of battle scenes where friends were torn apart, of cold nights sleeping on the ground with little food - but mostly thoughts of home.
Thursday, June 4, 2015


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