1929: The Stump Farm – A Chronicle of Pioneering
Author/Editor: Hilda Rose
Letters, diaries and memoirs provide a snapshot of a life. Their personal voice appeals to our interest in history. Stump Farm is one such book. Hilda Rose was a writer and schoolteacher who lived in the wilderness in Alberta, Canada. The books shares correspondence with friend Margaret Emerson that paints a vivid picture of the life on the farm.
Entry from December 12, 1919 I expected cold weather, though not so early. The drops of water I spill on the floor freeze at once. Why, my milk freezes on the table with the hot stove going…..
January 24, 1923. .. I thought I would get some traps and try for some furs up therel live like an Indian; shoot and fish and trap. Boy ( her son) will soon be quite a lad and able to help me. His education won’t be neglected, for one of my greatest pleasures is teaching him. I have a map of the world pinned up on the wall. I have Grey’s Anatomy and he just loves it. At the table when I have cooked a hen he gravely tells Daddy to give him the femur or the radius and ulna.