- Family History, please correct or add. Most of our family members
either were tenant farmers (sharecroppers) or own the land. If like my
immediate family sharecroppers. That means cotton picking for the
family to survive. Tenant Farmers had chickens, a milk cow, and a
hog. The hog you butchered and hung-up in the smokehouse to get you
through the winter. The women not only picked cotton, but canned
everything from the garden, plus the parts of the hog you could not
smoke. The family lived on the "canned" food, chickens, butchered
hogs, fish from the tanks and creeks, or what you killed in the woods.
If you are lucky a butchered cow. There were a lot of "beef clubs"
which helped the families. There were not 3 square meals a day.
Women could take a nice fat hen make a soup that could last a few
days, take squirrels make a stew, or take vegetables including
tomatoes and make a soup. So, to wrap this up many many families were
large. The women cooked or baked anything found in the woods or
creeks. Soups and stews were a necessity.paulasmaggie