Sunday, January 11, 2009

January 11 through 14, 1886

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More wheat taken to the mill for flour and feed. Sarah picks up the dress she was measured for last week. A check of the accounts at the end of this diary shows the dress cost 75 cents. I'll try to get the account pages posted to a separate web page for reference as we go along.

Tuesday, they butcher pigs - not sure how many --- lightest was 262 pounds, heaviest was 290. They get Head cheese, Sausage, Ham, Shoulder, Lard, Hocks, and I'm sure lots of stuff not mentioned, from the pigs. The actual butchering only takes 3 1/2 hours, but making the sausage, head cheese, etc. takes place over the next couple of days, along with preservation in barrels with salt.

Mart (?) Lawyer buys 1800 raspberry roots for $5. The Olney's lived on what is present day Lawyer Road.

They make sausage, etc on Wednesday... put up a cask of side meat, and 195 pounds of ham! Henry scalds a barrel for the hams and shoulders. While it is cold in January, this meat probably will last into warmer weather. 13 people probably go through food pretty fast though.

On Thursday, they go visit Aunt Mary and Uncle Augustus Weld. Augustus is Sarah's uncle - her Mother's younger brother. Sarah's Mother is Julia (Lydia) Matilda Weld Hill. Looks like Sarah is an only child, but Sarah's Mother is one of 14 children. Lots of aunts and uncles for these kids!

Just a quick person note ------ This is fun!!!!!


Sequana said...

Well I remember butchering on the farm when I grew up - it went on at least through the 1950's.

Of course, we rented a locker in town for storing all the meat, and they did the cutting according to my mom's wishes.

We butchered both beef and pork. What I remember most from the pork was the homemade sausage. Oh my gosh, it ruined any kind of commercial sausage for me. *S* My mom never cased it; just fried it up like loose hamburger.

With pancakes, waffles or french toast it was wonderful!

amarkel58 said...

And Sequana, I remember you telling us once how much you used to enjoy Spam with those waffles, too.

Don Olney said...

Just testing to see if you need to be a google blogger user to leave a comment -- Don

Sequana said...

I DO like Spam. *S*....and I see it's very popular again.

It's particularly good as a sandwich in freshley baked bread, with mustard or mayo, and garden leaf lettuce. yummmmmmm