Abstract: Winnie Askew explores the routines and attitudes that marked the daily life of a homemaker during the 1940s on the Land Between the Lakes region of Kentucky. She recalls chores such as doing laundry, washing dishes, ironing and processing vegetables and fruit for storage. She also details gardening practices and the insects and pests with which confronted gardeners. Of particular interest are her recollections of how pillows were made, how materials were dyed and several other home crafts. She also discusses home remedies and provides incites into some of the social structures associated with women living and working on the Land Between the Lakes.
Biographical/Historical note: Winnie Herndon Askew was born in September 1919 in Trigg County, Kentucky. She was a daughter of a share cropper. She lived in various locations on the Land Between the Lakes, including Model, Tennessee and the area adjoining Bethlehem Church, Tennessee. She and her husband, Thomas Askew, farmed the area of land where the present buffalo range is located at the national park.
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