“The Woman’s Touch or What Club Work Means to N.C. Farm Women” by Jane S. McKimmon in the December, 1936, Carolina Co-operator
Spirit, Not the Place
When the home agent of Jones County arrived at the home of Mrs. D.C. Collins in the Brick Kiln section to hold a club meeting, she found the two young daughters in the packhouse tying tobacco. In order that they might not miss the meeting, all the members came down to the packhouse.
Mrs. Collins was getting a new home built, and she seemed so anxious to have help in planning it that club members agreed to postpone the regular demonstration and talk about house plans.
Mrs. Collins was persuaded to put the pump and sink in the kitchen instead of on the back porch and then together the group planned convenient arrangement of kitchen equipment, the color scheme, and what could be done about furnishings for the girls’ room.
It proved to be one of the more interesting and worthwhile meetings ever held in the county.
It is good to hear that Guilford County women are discussing building the body to resist disease and mothers are becoming conscious that just filling stomachs is not all that must be done to create healthy bodies.
Mrs. George L. Curry of Guilford says, “Last year my husband and I found ourselves much overweight and the doctor advised a strict diet calling for many vegetables. We planted a year-‘round garden and ate the recommended vegetables every day. I tried to prepare them in the most nutritious and appetizing way and as a result we have each reduced our weight around 48 pounds and we think our health is 75 per cent better.”
The Old Hound Proves Useful
Mr. and Mrs. Justine Flowe of Cabarrus County saved money enough to pay for paint for their house but did not have enough to entirely pay for the labor involved.
They employed a painter, however, and started the job. The man doing the painting saw a hound on the place which he liked so much that he offered to buy it.
“Think of it,” said Mrs. Flowe, “I had wished that old dog dead many a time when he began howling around the house, and I could scarcely believe it when the painter actually offered to swap his week’s labor if I would let him have the hound.
“Now we have a nice clean house and peace besides for the hound does his howling at someone else’s home.”
Books for Christmas
Miss Marjorie Beal, secretary and director of the North Carolina Library Commission, gives the following suggestions on books for Christmas.
“Christmas means in many households new books to love and to share and to cherish. Even the youngest member of the family can enjoy the new picture books. Marjorie Flack has a picture book of a penguin who did not want to play with the other penguins. She calls it Willy-Nilly and it is almost as good as Angus and the Ducks. A new story of Little Black Sambo by Mrs. Bannerman is every bit as good as the first one. This is the story of Sambo and the Twins.
“Stories of earlier Americans which include The Little Girls with Seven Names by Mabel Leigh Hunt, The Covered Bridge by Cornelia Meigs, and Phoebe Fairchild: Her Book by Lois Lenski are not only correct historically of life in the middle of the 1800s but they are good reading.
“Books of the world about us which have photographic illustrations and little text to help answer many, many questions: The Dirigible Book and The Cotton Book by the Pryors are similar to their earlier Train Book.
“A good book to read aloud in any family of older children is the Hurricane by Nordhoff and Hall.
“Christmas books should be those to read and reread and enjoy all through the year. Many attractive editions of the not-to-be-missed books, such as Tom Sawyer, Little Women, and Alice in Wonderland can be purchased at reasonable prices.
“To quote May Lamberton Becker in her First Adventures in Reading:
“Every man or woman who has a happy childhood in which books played a part remembers certain books that helped make childhood happy. . . . A child’s book is one meant to be read by children and offered to them for that purpose, while a children’s classic is a child’s book that has been repeatedly re-read and is likely to continue to be re-read, not only by the same child but by successive generations of children. It is the re-reading that makes all the difference.’”