Cut-Up Acres

Conversation with Mildred Seddlemeyer
Fall of 1994
(with Ruth, Ray and Bart Everson)

Ruth:
What I remember about this house is the front porch and the swing. In the summer months, we would come out and play. I guess we probably bought dolls out. My sisters and I would swing on the porch, on that long bench-type swing.

Mildred:
The clothesline always was here. Another building was here, the wellhouse and the smokehouse too.

Ruth:
A lot of the barns are still the same; of course there wasn't the mechanical stuff that's here now. The silos weren't there. When you were living in here there were, like, two front rooms, and so one was for your side of the family, and one was for your grandparents' side, I guess.

Mildred:
That's right, mm-hm, that's right.

Ruth:
I guess I understand that better now than I ever did when I was a youngster. Of course when you were a little girl and I was a little girl there wasn't a big highway running through the back 40 here.

Ray:
Wasn't there at all. Bart, do you remember going fishing down there?

Bart:
Sure, I remember that. Caught a carp. So Grandma, if you could explain where we are and what this place is?

Ruth:
This is the house that your father built? No, your grandfather built. Frank.

Mildred:
Well, that's right, they built this. And originally there was no road going through like it is now. Originally they lived closer to the river, but then the river came out and it was not safe to be there. So the house was moved different times, they had to move farther away from the river.



Transcribed by Bart Everson