"Twas The Night Before Jesus Came"

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! The light of His face made me cover my head It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life which He held in His hand Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around. I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There's only one life and when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

written by Unknown Author

Tuesday, June 28, 2011



Fall was a time of harvest and preparation for the cold winter months. After a fall frost, farmers picked corn by hand and stored it in a corncrib to dry. Later, the corn kernels were removed from the cob (shelled) and used to feed cows, horses, and pigs.

Kenneth Jackson Photo"You had a peg on your hand and you'd open the shucks and pull the ear out an throw it in the wagon. Usually took two rows at a time. Team [of horses] learned to walk slow. And you'd just go down through the field picking corn. That was hard work. You had to put in long days to get anything done." -- Kenneth Jackson Quicktime Logo (Quicktime required)

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Families picked and stored apples and potatoes and canned other garden vegetables for winter meals.

After a summer of helping on the farm, children returned to school. Grade school children attended a one-room schoolhouse within a few miles of their house. Some high school-age children traveled farther, attending high school in town.

In late fall, farmers repaired barns, hog houses, and chicken houses, patching holes and cracks to keep out the winter weather. Farmers usually butchered a hog or cow in November to provide meat for the family through the winter. The ham from the hogs would be cured in a salty brine solution and then hung in a smoke house The salt and smoke helped preserve the meat.