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Really early this morning I read a blog that sent my mind back to Great Grandpa’s West Texas dry-land farm.
In 1865, using money saved as a union soldier and his mustering out pay he purchased(at the price of $0.50 cents an acre) sight unseen, a 80 acre West Texas Farm.
FYI 80 acres was about as much land as a family could farm using a 1 row plow and 2 mules.
It took most of the spring and early summer to travel by covered wagon, the distance between Mississippi and West Texas. (About 60 days). All of great grand ma’s house hold utensils, cook stove pots and pans and a little furniture like a bed, eating table and a couple of chairs. They also had a few chickens, a cow and 2 mules and a plow.
Great grand pa (John O. and wife Maude) first had to plow a spot for a garden to feed them through the winter and to build a house to live in. Timber(trees/logs) were in short supply. John O. constructed a 3 room (small rooms by today’s standards) adobe mud brick house dug into the side of a mostly sand covered clay hill side giving them protection from West Texas cold harsh north winter winds.
I can still remember well that it had a thick layer of sod covering the roof to keep the rain out of Maud’s house. Two or three years later, John O. had saved enough money to buy lumber and nails to construct a wood floor for their little sod house.
They both died day’s apart (1918) from the flu epidemic introduced to America by soldiers returning from Europe and WWI.
In 1920 the sod house was turned into a hog smoke house after Grand pa John H. and his 4 boy’s ordered a 2 bed room house kit from Sears and Roebuck Company. It was shipped by train from Chicago to West Texas. The kit had everything needed to build a house. Blue prints, windows, doors, flooring, nails and so on. This turned into an almost 2 year project.
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