We Had A Working

in an earlier chapter, I mentioned the Christmas calamity when the house burned.  Since there was no insurance, the community made donations to help the family get back to housekeeping.

In the same spirit, the people of the community responded to a call for assistance.  In 1940, the old house we occupied was inadequate for our needs.  We slept two adults and three children in one  room, and two children in the adjoining dining room kitchen.  We needed additional space, screens on the windows and doors, and a door knob for the front door.  All winter logs were cut and hauled to the sawmill.  As a result, in the early spring enough had been assembled to build a house.  The foundation and sills had been erected,  and we decided to have a working.  The of the community responded, and around eight to ten men came.  During the day they made great progress on the house.  It was somewhat dried in so work could continue part time in the future.

In a succeeding year, the working was duplicated.  The men of the area came and helped build a new and much larger barn.  I can't remember how many days the men worked, but probably two or three.

In the years previous to our workings, Daddy took part in several- the community helped each other.

One huge part of a working was the preparation of the food by the host's wife to feed the large number of hungry workers.  Not to be outdone by the men, some women came to help with the food.

At the time of the working, my daddy was concerned that his father might not know that the event was to be held.  As a boy of about thirteen, I was sent the four miles to Grandpaw's house to tell him.  He had some activity he couldn't cancel and could not go.  He sent a silver dollar by me to hire someone in his place.

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