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Childhood Chores and First Jobs

Lino Condotta of Moscow talks about the Northern Pacific Railway depot in Moscow, which is one of the places he worked as a depot agent. Photo by Geoff Crimmins


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or anyone wondering whether kids today have it easier than kids of their grandparents’ generation, the comments below from seniors in Moscow and Pullman might put that question to rest. This spring, area seniors were asked about chores they did when they were young, as well as memories from their first paying jobs. With rare exception, the fifty-three seniors who responded to our recent survey recall working hard from a very young age. Most of the respondents spoke of farm chores: gathering eggs, rounding up cattle, tending gardens, milking cows, cooking, and cleaning. Washing dishes was commonly reported as a least favorite chore, along with some of the tactics used to get out of this. Virginia Hayes and Glenda Hawley disliked being pecked by hens while gathering eggs. (Read on for Hawley’s strategy to avoid this.) Many of the described chores are still done today by children with varying degrees of enthusiasm, though some, like doing laundry with a “mangle,” as reported by Sandra Baird, have gone the way of the Studebaker. Baird, among others, remembered being paid pennies to complete certain chores, while Gerald


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Schutes, who helped his bricklayer father from the time he was five years old, recalled being paid five dollars for a week of work, which was “a lot of money.� Some children needed to earn money to buy their own clothes. One respondent began doing chores at 4 a.m. to earn money for necessities and even his own birthday gifts and toys. Another recalled beginning work at 1 a.m. as a 13-year-old garbage collector before going to school. Most poignantly, some respondents recalled taking on extra jobs at a young age due to the illness or death of a parent.

money with me. We also took the eggs. I didn’t like to get the eggs because the hens would bite you.

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Mary Ann Moser, 86 I wasn’t very helpful as a kid. We didn’t get any pay. We didn’t get any allowance. We were on a farm. My sister was four years older, and I had an older brother and a younger sister. We would dry the dishes, set the tables, help in the garden a bit, picking things, but I don’t know how much help it was. I remember my dad—I was right handed, and he said, “You’re

Virginia Hayes, 91 Picking beans—I bought my school clothes with that money. Back in the ‘30s, my aunt had a farm in Oakesdale. She paid me one dollar a day. She overpaid me because people didn’t have that kind of money. She helped me buy clothes at J.C. Penney’s. She would take the cream from the cows to Colfax and share the

hoeing like you’re left-handed!� We had harvesting crews. We had a bunkhouse where they stayed overnight. We served them Ines Gray, 94 breakfast, dinner, and supper. I’d I was my dad’s helper. I always be sitting on something, lazing had a pony, and I’d go with him around, and my mother would to check the cattle up in the upper be mopping the floor. She was pasture. Up and down the canan amazing housekeeper. Maybe yons. He would try to entertain that’s why I’ve avoided doing that me. He was testing me. I went all my life. up and down every one of them. I was raised in Nebraska, when Nancy Lindhorst, 69 I was a teenager, in Dust Bowl I never got paid for anything. days and the Depression. We were It was just expected. We were farmers. He would take me to brought up to work. Anything basketball games in town. Coming that needed to be done—from back, you couldn’t even see the milking the cows to the harvest, roads (because of the dust). household chores, cooking.

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Lino Condotta, 92 I was a good boy. I helped my dad in the garden, helped my dad cut wood, and shoveled snow. My first job for pay was working on the railroad tracks as a track laborer. With a pick and shovel, putting in ties and taking them out.

Margie, 67 I would have to feed the rabbits, because my dad butchered them. I was to do the dishes and my brother was to chop the wood. Donna DeBolt, 70 I hated to do the dishes, but I’d From the time I was 11, my rather chop wood. My brother mother had cancer. I did evwould forget, so I chopped the erything a nurse did. I gave her wood, and my mother would do morphine shots. When I grew up the dishes for me. I became a nurse. I was already trained. When it was time to give

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Palouse Seniors values your memories. Share your story with us and be a part of our next publication. The new school year will soon be upon us with the sights and sounds of young students returning to classrooms all over the Palouse. What are your fondest reminiscences of school days? Simply answer the questions below and decide how you’d like to send them to us. You can either mail your response, drop it off in person, or e-mail it to jsobeloff@dnews.com. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News office is located at 220 E. Fifth St. in Moscow. The zip code is 83843. What was school like for you when you were young? What was your least or most favorite part and why? Please include any details or stories you remember.

shots, I already knew how to do it. My mother died when I was 13, and when I was 14 I got married. My husband and I were married 42 years. We were totally crazy about each other until he died. People said it wouldn’t last. It turned out happily ever after. Linn Lindsey, 65 I used to chop wood for my mother after my dad passed away. That all started when I was about nine years old. I was instructed in how to do it and learned the ins and outs of how to break a block of wood with an axe.

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4 | Weekend, May 31 & June 1, 2014 | MOSCOWďšşPULLMAN DAILY NEWS My stepdad was a large and imposing man who was 6’3â€? and 230 pounds. When he said to do something, I didn’t argue with him. Janet George, 74 I did the dishes. I mowed the lawn. Gerald Schutes, 80 I started work when I was five years old. Mixing cement for my dad who was a bricklayer, and carrying it in a hod carrier up a ladder. I got five dollars a week—in 1938 five bucks was a lot of money. I swept floors in the print shop when I was ten. When I graduated from high school I was a journeyman press printer. I couldn’t get into shop class, so I was working at the newspaper office making real money. One of my last jobs, I was running the press on Saturday afternoon, and something started tugging on my leg. It was the owner of the print shop. He said, “Wash ’er up and shut ’er down.â€? It took me about 15 minutes. He was L.L. Coleman, the national

president of the Editorial Association. He drove me 60 miles to the Fort Yates Cemetery in North Dakota. I got to dig up Sitting Bull. We took him to Sacajawea National Monument, and we put him in the ground and poured concrete in the ground, and they said, “Nobody gets to move him again.� Little things keep happening to me. Walt Disney said, “Whatever you do, have fun doing it.� I’ve tried to maintain that. Oveta Franklin, 90 We lived on a farm, and my job was to go get the cows, to help with the dishes and the old wood cook stove. I’d rather go get the cows any time than to help Mom in that hot kitchen. I was an outdoors girl in western Kansas. Ida Pepe, 94 I scrubbed the floors, cooked, cleaned, and ironed. When I graduated I worked at the bank. Al Pepe, 94 We never had too much, so we didn’t do too much. I graduated

Palouse Seniors from the college of hard knocks. I went to work at age 16 driving a bulldozer, operating heavy equipment. That’s what I did all my life, for about 60 years. Anonymous My first job was herding cows when I was six years old. Harold Grassl, 87 All I did was work in the garden. My father always had a big garden. I always had to take care of that first. During the summer, I picked strawberries and raspberries. My sister made five dollars one day, and she was the top picker of the patch. That was a summertime job. In the fall was picking prunes. We picked for the neighbors. Clara Doctor, 92 When I was a kid, we lived on a ranch and I was number six of 13 children. There was only one girl older than I was. There were three girls younger, and the rest were boys. My oldest sister stayed home to help my mother. And I was put out to work at the age of 10. I did

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Weekend, May 31 & June 1, 2014 | Moscow-Pullman Daily News |  we cleaned up the eggs and put them in a big crate and sold them. We always had work in the garden—weeding the garden, that was just a given. We learned early on what was weeds and what was plants. There was a lot of chores to be done and you just had to fill in where you were needed. My first paying job was stuffing envelopes for Psychiana, the mail order religion. Ruth Smith, 91 I worked in restaurants and waited tables. Jeanette Talbott, 96 I would peel tomatoes for the harvest crew—we never served tomatoes that had the skins on. We always cleaned the upstairs. I did a lot of cooking at harvest time. I was the oldest of seven. Later I worked at the library as

a cataloguer. I had a small notebook that said “getting in the wood—five cents.” Whitewashing the chicken house. The barnyard was adjacent to the farmyard. I would throw the apples over to the cows. I didn’t get paid for that. I cleaned out the chicken house and probably got paid maybe twenty-five cents. Sheryl Evans, “old enough to know better” Growing up, I had five brothers. Two were older, seven and eight years older. I remember one night doing the dishes, when I was eight and they were about 16. We were in the kitchen fighting over who’s going to do the dishes. My dad came in calmly and took every single dish and pot and pan and put it on the counter. He took all the clean ones out of the cupboards, all the knives

and forks out of the drawers, and said, “Next time you want to fight about who’d doing the dishes, think about it, because you’re going to wash all of them.” Bill Terrio, 74 I lived on a farm. We did a lot of weeding and reaping of vegetables. We had two acres of strawberries. Those were good. We raised 6,000 chickens at a time for six weeks, and then shipped them out. My first paying job, I helped someone on their weekend milk route. We delivered bottled milk door-to-door from a dairy. Then one summer I worked on a turkey farm until Thanksgiving, when we did all the killing and got them ready for Thanksgiving dinner. I was able to drive a jeep and use it on their land. I also had to help shovel snow

for the family. I was one of seven. Right out of high school, I went to work at a plastics factory as a foreman. Barbara Townsend, 72 I helped get dinner before my mom got home from work. At age nine I started picking Klicker strawberries in Walla Walla in the summer. I did this until I was 16. Then I got a job in an ice cream store. My senior year I worked in an office after school and in the ice cream store evenings and weekends. I tried to bake a cherry pie (I picked the cherries from the neighbors’ tree) in sixth grade—I just neglected to get all the worms out of the cherries. My mom raised three children alone, so we all worked. See Chores Page 13


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A normal blood pressure is one between 120/80 and 129/84. Because of the relation between eart disease doesn’t blood pressure and heart disease discriminate, affecting men and women and stroke, men and women must regardless of their age take steps to control their blood pressure. Having your blood or where they live. In the United pressure checked regularly is a States, cardiovascular disease is good start. Once you get checked, the number one cause of death, reduce the amount of sodium in according to the American Heart Association. North of the border, your diet, replacing high-sodium snacks with healthier fare and one Canadian dies from heart disease or stroke every 7 minutes. monitoring sodium intake durSo says the Heart & Stroke Foun- ing the day. The Heart & Stroke Foundation recommends eating dation of Canada, a charity that annually spends millions of dollars less than 2,300 mg of sodium per researching heart disease and pro- day, and that includes salt added when making meals or eating at moting healthier lifestyles. For most men and women, the the table. Maintaining a healthy body prevalence of heart disease is no weight and successfully managgreat surprise. Nearly every adult ing stress are additional ways to can point to a loved one who has control blood pressure. dealt with heart disease. Many men and women can even point to a friend or family member who Limit alcohol consumption lost their battle with heart disease. The AHA notes that excesThat familiarity should make sive consumption of alcohol can people even more willing to adopt contribute to high triglycerides, a heart-healthy lifestyle, someproduce irregular heartbeats and thing the AHA admits is the best eventually lead to heart failure or defense against heart disease and stroke. There is some evidence stroke. Though not all risk factors that people who drink moderately for heart disease can be controlled, have a lower risk of heart disease there are ways to reduce that risk than nondrinkers. But it’s also considerably. important to note that people who drink moderately also have Control your blood pressure a lower risk of heart disease than people who drink excessively. So High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke when it comes to alcohol, moderaand a major risk for heart disease. tion reigns supreme. One or two Blood pressure measures the pres- standard drinks per day is enough depending on gender. The Heart sure or force of blood against the & Stroke Foundation suggests walls if your blood vessels, also that women who drink should known as arteries. Having your not drink more than nine drinks blood pressure taken is a routine a week, while men should not on most doctor visits, but many exceed 14 drinks in a single week. people are unaware what the Of course, if there are extenuatnumber actually measures. The top number measures the pressure ing circumstances then all bets are off. Men and women with liver when the heart contracts and disease, mental illness or a perpushes blood out, while the bottom number is the lowest pressure sonal or family history of alcohol problems should avoid alcohol when the heart relaxes and beats. Blood pressure that is consistently entirely. In addition, those taking certain medications should avoid above 140/90 is considered high.

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Weekend, May 31 & June 1, 2014 | Moscow-Pullman Daily News |  chances of having heart disease have already started to go down. For those who successfully avoid smoking for one year, the risk of a suffering a smoking-related heart attack has been cut in half. After 15 years, the risk of heart attack is the same as someone who never smoked at all.

Embrace physical activity People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke than people who are physically active. The AHA notes that research has shown that getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days of the week can help lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol while helping to maintain a healthy weight. If starting from scratch, even light physical activity can provide some health benefits. Gradually work your way up to more demanding activities, and make physical activity a routine part of your daily life. More information on heart disease and stroke is available online at www.heart.org

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Travel ideas for active seniors hose who have said goodbye to the worka-day grind now have many hours to settle down and relax. People who have continually put off vacations in lieu of work responsibilities may now have all the time they need to explore the world. Traveling for seniors can be rewarding and relaxing. Those with a substantial retirement nest egg have numerous destinations at their disposal. Mature vacationers travel more frequently and stay longer than any other age group. Travel ranks among the top leisure activities for men and women over 50, according to the Web site Suddenly Senior. Seniors can find several travel advantages at their disposal. Also, thanks to special senior discounts, travel may be even more affordable than first expected.

While certain destinations are not always practical for certain age brackets, there are many places to which seniors can visit comfortably and enjoy a wealth of memories. l Theme parks: Although theme parks may seem carved out entirely for the adventure-seekers, there are many other more placid activities that would appeal to those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground rather than looping through the air on a rocket-propelled coaster. With animal preserves, water parks, fine dining, and a bevy of hotels either in the park or directly on the outskirts, theme parks provide many activities for older travelers. Although theme parks require a lot of walking, many provide wheelchairs or motorized scooters for those who need to get off of their feet. They also make a great option for seniors who will be traveling with the entire family,

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from the training games lasted as long as seven years after training. Brain games are now more accessible than ever before, as players can access such games on their smartphones, tablets, ereaders, and computers. And in addition to being effective, the games also provide entertainment value. l Alter your routine. Many working professionals recognize that each day tends to have its mundane moments. The brain can grow accustomed to these moments, which tend to be a routine part of the day. But altering your daily routine can jar the brain awake, forcing it to focus during those times that had become mundane but now present new challenges. Something as simple as alternating driving routes to work from day to day or preparing some new, yet healthy, breakfast each morning can help the brain stay alert and sharp. l Become a social butterfly. Maintaining a social life as you age is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But there’s another reason to continue to be socially engaged. A 2008 study spearheaded by the clinical trials administrative director at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and published in the American Journal

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Staying socially active after 50 can benefit the brain and even reduce a person’s risk of dementia. of Public Health found that older women who maintained large social networks were 26 percent less likely to develop dementia than women with smaller social networks. In addition, those who had daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia by nearly half. The study also noted that regular social interaction can delay or possibly even prevent cognitive impairment. l Continue your career. While the idea of retiring poolside and watching the world go by might seem nice, such a scenario is not necessarily good for your brain. Numerous studies have shown the benefits that staying engaged in

professional activities can have on brain health. The brain does not thrive if it’s sitting on the sideline. Staying active in your career will continue to provide the challenges your brain needs to stay sharp and avoid memory loss and struggles with concentration. Men and women who want to leave office life behind can branch out on their own and work as consultants or put their years of experience to use by teaching at a nearby university or secondary school. But heading off for the hammock once you have hung up your briefcase can prove troublesome for your brain.

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xercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Including exercise in your daily routine can lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and exercise can even sharpen mental acuity, reduce anxiety and improve mood. But as beneficial as exercise can be, many men and women, particularly men and women over the age of 50, who have not laced up their sneakers in years are hesitant to begin an exercise regimen for a variety of reasons, potentially putting their long-term health at risk. Regardless of a person’s age, beginning a new exercise regimen can be intimidating. But it’s especially so for men and women over the age of 50, who might not know where to begin or how to approach adopting a healthier lifestyle. According to the National Institute on Aging, the following are a few points men and women should know as they attempt to improve their physical fitness with a more active lifestyle. l Exercise is safe even if you have not been physically active in a long time. Many older men and women worry that suddenly embracing physical fitness after years of inactivity may be detrimental to their health. But that’s only true if men and women don’t exercise caution at the outset of their routines. When beginning the routine, take things very slowly at first, choosing to walk or bike every day rather than hitting the treadmill and adjusting it to maximum resistance. When strength training, start off with very little weight so your muscles can grow acclimated to the motions and you can get the exercises down pat. As you grow more comfortable and your body starts to feel more up to the challenges of daily exercise, you can begin to gradually alter your cardiovascular and strength training workouts to make them more challenging. l Exercise can make existing medical conditions more manageable. Men and women over the age of 50 who have preexisting medical conditions are likely to

find that exercise alleviates rather than exacerbates their physical problems. The NIA notes that studies have shown that regular exercise and physical activity can benefit people with arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. But it’s still recommended that men and women with preexisting medical conditions consult with their physicians before making any lifestyle changes. Some conditions may affect a person’s ability to be active, and it’s best to get the go-ahead from a physician before beginning an exercise regimen. Doctors may even suggest certain activities that have been known to alleviate particular conditions. l Exercise reduces fatigue, so sitting around to preserve strength is not effective. Exercise improves strength and energy levels, so sitting on the sideline to preserve your strength is counterproductive and could lead to serious medical problems. The “Report on Physical Activity and Health” from the U.S. Surgeon General’s office noted that men and women who are inactive are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. While getting adequate rest and giving your body ample time recover from physical activity is essential, your body won’t benefit by avoiding exercise to preserve your strength. However, even moderate physical activity performed on a regular basis can reduce fatigue. l No one is too old to exercise. It’s not uncommon for men and women in their golden years to think they are too old to exercise. Some may feel that their toned down workouts cannot possibly be making much of an impact thanks to the physical limitations old age has put on their bodies, while others may think it’s unwise for someone in their 70s or 80s to be physically active. But no one is too old to exercise, as exercise helps the body stay strong and fit even when you can no longer max out on the bench press or squat hundreds of pounds. Scaling back your exercise routine will be necessary as you get older, but that does not mean you cannot still enjoy and benefit from physical activity.


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Chores from Page 5 Pat Tavis, 84 My first remembered chore (when I was in preschool) was shaking dust out of gunnysacks before my mother mended them for use on the thrasher. We got electricity when I was 10, and after that, my sister and I did all the cooking for year-round help and harvest help. I also tied wires on the baler and mowed the hay with the wheel tractor. Richard Tavis, 74 I was a garbage collector at age 13 at 1 a.m. in the morning before going to school. Lucille (Lou) Stevens, 91 I did the dishes for every meal, helped with laundry, pumped our water from a well, ran errands. I was a mannequin for a seamstress. I sang with my brother—we entered singing contests to play hopscotch and roller skate. I did all these chores from age nine into my teens, before getting a boy-

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windows. It became my job to take these down in the springtime Leonard C. Johnson, 86 and put them up in the fall. I had At age 10, I began driving a to climb a ladder to do it. I was team of horses, harrowing fields to terrified by being on the ladder prepare for seeding the grain crop. and the windows were so heavy, I I brought cows in from the pascried the whole time I was doing ture for evening milking. At age the job. Cleaning the windows 12, I mowed hay with the team of was part of the job, too. horses. I mowed the house yard with a push mower, and carried in Anonymous, 82 firewood. I didn’t feel I was doing I milked cows, gathered eggs, anything extraordinary, although carried water from the well; neighboring classmates were not helped with gardening, cooking, doing these field work tasks. My dishes; helped with laundry using most memorable experience: I a scrub board and stomper. got bitten and knocked down by My first paying job was the a horse. Monday after graduation from high school. Karen Davis, 72 The first chore I remember was Sandra Baird, 71 washing dishes. My brother and When I was 4, my father was I would fight over who washed building our house in Baton and who dried. As soon as I could Rouge—I was given the job of see the top of the stove, I started picking up dropped nails—and cooking. By the time I was in high paid one cent for every 10 nails. school, I was in charge of dinner. I He made 10 marks on a board so also had to do the dusting. I baby- I could make the piles of 10. sat to earn money and worked in We were given chores—and the 4H office when the secretary showed how to do things—I loved was on vacation. ironing and running a mangle. At Our house had heavy storm age eight I did most of the “flat”

ironing on the mangle. Sue Dunn, 79 I did cleaning every Saturday. We had to have our jobs done before we could play. In the summer we spent the day canning (cherries, tomatoes, peaches, apricots). We made catsup, pickles, sauerkraut, etc. Herb Uthoff, 75 I washed and dried dishes. Raking and burning leaves was the most fun. Burning leaves on the curb was legal in those days. I worked at a paper route. Anonymous, 81 As a teenager, I always had babysitting jobs (50 cents an hour). I also cleaned my grandparents’ apartment ($1.50). However, whatever I earned, I turned over to my mother. I tried to help with cooking at home, but it was a disaster. Jim McCloskey, 74 I did yard work, small farm chores, dishes. My most favorite was mowing the grass. Least favorite was dishes. I earned money

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Peggy Siple, 60 What I remember most is helping my mother by doing housework sometimes together or on my own. When we were done we would rest together and talk about anything and everything—I loved that part. Sometimes we would walk to town for ice cream. My first paying job was when I was 12. I cleaned house for another lady for $1.25 an hour. I do remember the years of growing Betty Webb Clark-Nilan, 85 up being loving ones and times I In the evenings I did dishes had that helped me grow as a perwith my sister (she was four years son, getting to know people and younger—my brother was two understanding my parents better. years younger). My brother always I got my first wristwatch then so had to go to the bathroom until I could be prompt. The only bad the dishes were done! On Saturday thing was having to get up early I did part of the vacuuming and on Saturday mornings. dusting of furniture and hardwood floors. When the weather Wilhelmina O. Sarai-Clark, 87 was nice, I did weeding and waterI mowed the lawn, cut hedges ing. (my favorite chore), cleaned my My first job was at the W.S.U. room, plucked chickens (my least Holland Library. I especially favorite). On the edge of campus, remember filing Cordova Theater I got passing male students to help programs under the W.S.U. Wom- with hedges. en’s gym. I also filed things in the Christine Engle, 83 tower of Bryan Hall and in the 1. When my brother went off basement of the Women’s Home to World War II, I was given the Ec building. What has happened responsibility to raise his rabbits. to all those papers, programs, etc.! They were used for food. 2. Dust Marilyn A. Mack, 87 and wash the stairway from the We lived on a farm so I did second floor to the basement. 3. chores like gathering the eggs, Each Saturday polish shoes (my helping my brother round up the shoes). 4. Wash outside windows cows, and helping my dad pick up on the second floor. 5. Dry the rocks in the pasture. I also helped dishes—my sister washed them. my mother with the housework. 6. Shovel snow. 7. Helped wash My first job was spending all the car. day Saturday babysitting the Margaret Simpson, 81 neighbors’ two boys while their My mother worked. I had three parents worked. I fixed them younger brothers, so I cooked, lunch and at the end of the day cleaned, washed, and ironed, fixed them supper, gave them and helped in the garden. My baths, and put them to bed. For grandmother was my inspiration. this I received two dollars. I picked berries and babysat to Geraldine Bippes, 81 earn money. After I married I I did dishes at home. I also upholstered furniture for 30 years. hung laundry and folded it. I I was never gainfully employed, so learned to bake early and still en- could never retire. joy it. I had two younger brothers, No likes or dislikes—things and tending them was my least that needed to do must be done. favorite chore. Sylvia Gladskill, 89 My first paying job was as an I washed dishes, helped with usherette in the local theatre. I the laundry including hanglng loved it. clothes on the line, did ironOrene Lynn, 78 ing, walked to the pasture to get I helped with ironing. My first the cows. Beginning at age 11, I job was as a telephone operator helped with cleaning the house. I when I was in high school. began washing dishes when I was about four or five years old but I


Palouse Seniors didn’t do a serious job until I was eight years old. Washing dishes was my least favorite job. Helping with washing clothes was my favorite job. When people got to be ten years old, boys learned to drive the tractor and girls learned to use the sewing machine and the washing machine. Papa liked me to drive the cows with the “bombedeer.” I did it calmly. The boys, younger than me, liked to throw things at the cows and get them all stirred up, so they didn’t give so much milk. My first job for pay was folding church bulletins when I was sixteen years old. I got 25 cents an hour, later raised to 35 cents. Sonja McClary I cleaned house, worked in the yard, fed the chickens. Later I worked in the state of California as an accounting person. Duane Bickford, 75 I didn’t work in the home but worked construction with my dad. When I was young I worked with Dad until noon. Then I could go swimming.

Weekend, May 31 & June 1, 2014 | Moscow-Pullman Daily News | 15 Florence Broderick, 89 Dishes. I didn’t like the dishes. My first job was as a telegraph operator at Geiger Field. Frances Winters, “over 21” I would wipe dishes, dust, and make my bed. My least favorite was dusting—a forever job. My first job was as a clerk at J.J. Newberry’s. I was very happy to get work! Betty Richmond, 76 I milked cows and did housekeeping for a favorite neighbor—50 cents for one morning (about three hours). This was from age eight to 13. I was glad to be outside.

Avalon Care Center, Pullman Reuben Merry, 94 I milked cows, gardening, sacked hay, everything. For the Fourth of July I thinned carrots for 10 cents a row. Audrene Smith, 98 I helped wherever help was needed. My least favorite job was cutting weeds and grass, because it

was time-consuming. My first job was picking cotton when I was six years old, as soon as I could carry the sack around. I would trade work for items. We had no money. I once traded work for a mule. I was busy all the time. There was always something to do on the farm.

Good Samaritan Village, Moscow Corinne Lyle, 76 In the late ’40s when I was about 10 years of age, a chore I had was to return for recycling the glass milk bottles delivered to our house. I got to keep the refund money which maybe was one cent per bottle! My first real paying job other than babysitting, during my high school years in Spokane, was working from 5 to 7 p.m. in the auxiliary kitchen at Deaconess Hospital for 50 cents an hour. I was probably 15 when I began working at the Deaconess. This kitchen served the hospital interns and other staff. There were a

variety of jobs for the high school girls who worked this shift. (The regular shift was from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. handled by adult workers, each of whom did just one job. We young workers changed jobs weekly so as not to get too bored!) The jobs were delivering food carts to the floor kitchens where the patients were served; collecting dirty dishes and returning clean dishes from the floor kitchens; collecting dirty dishes from the interns’ dining room; stacking dirty dishes into dishwasher racks; moving dish racks into the dishwasher; emptying, re-stacking, and storing the clean dishes. This was a great job, although not exactly challenging, for a high school girl!

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go to school. After the age of 12, I ran a paper route for the Longview Daily News until age 14. I brought in $20 per month, of which my mother got half. I was told that was the $10 rent for the couch I was sleeping on. I also got up at 4 a.m. each morning to collect pop and beer bottles along the highways so I could get money for my school clothes. From age 10 to 14, I spaded up the garden for vegetables each year. During the summer, I picked beans, strawberries and apples. I purchased all of my own toys and birthday gifts, so I usually had very little. After age 14, I left home to do my schooling in Olympia, Washington. My junior and senior years were spent in California. At 19 years of age, I joined the U.S. Navy. But that is a whole other story. Judy Sobeloff is a freelance writer and teaching artist who lives with her family in Moscow. To comment on this column or to contact her with suggestions for future columns, please email her at jsobeloff@dnews.com or call Brid Alford at the Daily News, 208-882-4624.

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