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Memories of Dela Handy Just After Civil War
'Just after the Civil War flour was 5.00 for twenty-five pounds and we ate cornbread mostly. We bought a cook stove--One of the first in the community. We set in the fireplace and let the pipe extend up through the chimney. We used it only in the summer and set it back in the winter to make it last longer.'

'There were not Indians in Clinton County. In fact, I never in my life saw but one Indian. I was six years old and saw him traveling, riding a little pony, on the Lathrop road.'

'I was at church one spring morning, and when we came outside, the air was full of grasshoppers, in brown herds. They ate everything bare as they went, the grass, gardens, leaves from the trees, and all the young corn. They finally passed on but everything had to be planted over.'

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, WPA Federal Writers' Project Collection

LOC, from NA, entered 1999-12-18



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