The country store free recipe for apple fritters

The lower class was shoved deeper into poverty and struggled daily to meet their most basic needs. When president roosevelt instituted the new deal programs, experimental projects and programs to try and stabilize the economy, create jobs, and provide relief for the suffering, the gap between the rich and the poor became more obvious. The rich didn’t want to be taxed for the programs. The new deal supported unionization, and the 1937 memorial day massacre became one example of just how violent things could get between the two classes. Ten unarmed demonstrators were killed by the chicago police during the little steel strike.

In order for the power company to run power across grandpa’s land to the rich people on the lake, the property owners agreed to pay to have the power installed to his store. Mom’s family was one of the first locals to have electricity in their rural community in 1938.

This was a huge step up from the gas mantels, wax candles, and kerosene lamps that mom remembers using when she was seven years old.Grandpa boys mom’s family was also one of the first to own a telephone. The rich wanted to have a public place where they could go to make phone calls. It was through financial negotiations grandpa agreed to have a phone installed in his store.

Grandpa had 12 milk cows. After milking the cows by hand, grandpa and the boys would haul the jugs of milk to the basement of the store where grandma would take over. Mom was grandma’s helper, and their job was to strain the milk with a metal strainer, then run it through an electric separator. The separator was a device that separated milk into cream and skimmed milk. The milk products were then poured into bottles and made ready for use. Everything the milk touched had to be sanitized before and after each use with bleach. Mom can still envision the burning sores that grandma had on her hands.

The skimmed milk was considered waste so grandpa fed it to his pigs.Basket brought once the pigs matured, he and the boys butchered and packaged the fresh meat. Before the days of the refrigerator, iceboxes were used to keep meats and dairy products fresh. The household wooden iceboxes looked like a freestanding cupboard with a shelf on the top that held a block of ice. To keep up with the wall-to-wall cooler in the back of the store, grandpa needed a lot of ice. But that demand led to another opportunity and grandpa started his own ice-harvesting business.

Ice harvesting was a laborious job. After grandpa and the boys loaded their converted wagon with a plow cutter, ice saws, picks, tongs and markers, they hooked up a team of horses and hauled the equipment to the family’s vacant lake property on castle garden road. Grandpa would lead the horse-drawn plow cutter onto the frozen lake and cut 2’X4’ grooves into the ice. The boys would cut through the rest using a specialty saw, along with a variety of picks and chisels.Converted wagon once the blocks were broke free, they were hauled to the shore and placed on a conveyer belt that would drop them near a converted wagon. Grandpa would sled the blocks, called cakes, to the garage-sized ice house that was behind the store. The boys would unload the cakes, packing sawdust between the layers and sides. The ice would last the entire year for both the store and customers. The ice house had no roof, so when it got hot in the summer, mom and her brothers would climb to the top, brush away the sawdust and lie down on the cool blocks.

Dave august, one of the many wealthy chicago business owners, brightened the store every morning with his whistling tune. When the screen door squeaked open mom knew it was him without a glance. Dave was a gentleman in his 60s and browsed the store with a basket he brought from home. One day, mom watched him sort out the apples with brown spots, the black bananas, and the lettuce and tomatoes that had started to rot.Grandpa boys after he finished, he put the spoiled food in his basket and brought it to the check-out counter.