AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ II
sun was shining on my back I fully made up my mind that I would rather be grog boss and gather sheaves in the har¬ vest field than pick potatoes. But it was a duty and had to be done, so I stuck to it, saying nothing, but my mind was active. I was next sandwiched into school for a short time, until the time to get ready for the fall seeding was on.
Being now in my eighth year and large for my age, and healthy, I was able to do a considerable amount of work in the way of getting the ground ready for the plow. I assisted in loading and spreading the manure on the field, which my father told me was very healthy work and not as hard as carrying sheaves and drink to the harvest men, so I was happy. By the time seeding was completed the corn was ready to cut and stack and in a short time was ready to husk. When this work was finished and the corn and fodder had been taken care of, the time for threshing out and winnowing the grain had come; this work was at once commenced and soon completed. Both grain and straw were put in their proper places.
It was now November and next in order was to prepare for the winter. As coal at that time was not used, at least not in the farming districts, wood had to be cut and so placed that it could be easily secured during the winter. The cattle of all kinds were housed and made comfortable, the farming implements looked up and put in their proper places, xmder cover. The leather had come from the tanners and the shoemaker was in the house, as was the custom at that time, ready to make each member of the family a pair of shoes, which were calculated to last a year. Our dear mother furnished all the family with a good supply of woolen stockings, much better and more serviceable than can be gotten to-day, knit out of yarn, that was spun off the distaff, by her ovra hands, from wool sheared from the sheep that were raised imder her fostering care. Society