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The Early 50s on a Florida Ranch
In the early 50s, my dad took a job as foreman of a large ranch in Polk County FL. just outside the town of Plant City. We didn't have electricity anywhere on the ranch and got by real fine without it at the time. We had an ice box and an old gas refrigerator. There was a cold water spring about 100 yards from the house which we used to keep such things as milk and butter. Most all our food stuff was either canned or smoke house cured. In that climate, we could keep something growing in the garden year around. We always had fresh fruit, even Guava in late summer which was eaten fresh and made into jam and jelly. Life was pretty simple and very busy at the same time. Like someone has already said, things needed to be done so we just did them.

We had a honey house on the ranch where we kept over 100 hives of honey bees. I used to love to go over there and get the fresh honey once a week. My mom would drive the old 2 1/2 ton dodge power wagon flat bed and we (1 brother, 1 sister)would ride on the back. That is until she drove it all the way back (about 4 miles) with the emergency brake on and it caught fire. Burned that thing right to the ground in the front yard. We only lived there for about two years before moving back to North Alabama but they are some really good memories.

Jim W., entered 2000-01-11

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