Ruefer, Lena Mary 1987-10-30

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Lena Mary Ruefer reminisces over her childhood, weather conditions, and farm live, including hog killings, chores and home remedies.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lena Mary Ruefer

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: October 30, 1987

Location: Haskell, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Lean Mary Ruefer, Tornado (1962), Haskell, Texas, Aftermath, Born: September 4, 1907, Parents: Fred and Louis Spitzer, Grandparents, Background, To Haskell, Reasons, Early life, Entertainment, Neighbors, School, Blizzard (1918), January 10, 1918, Conditions, School, Teacher, Chores, Tending to Animals, Chickens, Turkeys, Churning butter, Drinking water, Butter (again), Sales, Celebrations, Ice cream, Cool lemonade, Hog slaughter, Killing process, Sausage, Smoking techniques, Recipe, Killing (again), Gender specific tasks.

Tape 1, Side 2: Hog slaughter (continued), Liver, Preparation, Ham, Curing, Lard renderings, Soap making, Home remedies, Flu epidemic, Hunting food, Ducks, Chickens, Beef club, Members, Division, Active years (early 1920s-early 1930s), Church, Old Glory/Old Brandenburg, Name change, Reason, German heritage, Speaking English, World War I, Effects on German residents, Cotton, Varieties, Droughts, 1909-1911, 1917-1918, 1920-1921, prosperous, Automobiles, Inflating tires, Weather forecasting, Games, Girls’ sports, Boys’ sports, Cotton (again), Laborers, Mexicans, East Texans, Indians, Father, Qualities.

Range Dates: 1907-1987

Bulk Dates: 1910s-1930s

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