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All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me Was to Work: The Memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendleman

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"Starting around 1950, people stopped raising chickens, milking cows, and raising hogs. They just buy it at the store, ready to eat. A lot buy a steer and have it processed in Dongola and put it in their freezer. What a difference! Girls have got it so easy now. They don't even know what it was like to start out. And I guess my mother's life, when she started out, was as hard again as mine, because they had to make everything by hand. I don't know if it could get ...

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Overview

From All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me Was to Work...

"Starting around 1950, people stopped raising chickens, milking cows, and raising hogs. They just buy it at the store, ready to eat. A lot buy a steer and have it processed in Dongola and put it in their freezer. What a difference! Girls have got it so easy now. They don't even know what it was like to start out. And I guess my mother's life, when she started out, was as hard again as mine, because they had to make everything by hand. I don't know if it could get any easier for these girls. But they don't know what it was like, and they never will. Everything is packaged. All you do is go to the store and buy you a package and cook it. Automatic washers and dryers. I'm glad they don't have to work like I did. Very glad."

Edith Bradley Rendleman's story of her life in southern Illinois is remarkable in many ways. Recalling the first half of the twentieth century in great detail, she vividly cites vignettes from her childhood as her family moved from farm to farm until settling in 1909 in the Mississippi bottoms of Wolf Lake. She recounts the lives and times of her family and neighbors during an era gone forever.

Remarkable for the vivid details that evoke the past, Rendleman's account is rare in another respect: memoirs of the time—usually written by people from elite or urban families—often reek of nostalgia. But Rendleman's memoir differs from the norm. Born poor in rural southern Illinois, she tells an unvarnished tale of what it was really like growing up on a tenant farm early this century.

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"Recalling the details of a long and well-remembered life, these memoirs communicate a way of living far different from that lived now. In the small and large details of daily life, this account reveals many of the changes that worked a revolution in farm life. It is told neither to celebrate the past—that life was far too difficult and loveless to wish to return to—nor to celebrate the present— there is too much heartache and loneliness for that. Rather, Edith seems motivated by an urge to communicate across the generations, to break through the loneliness imposed by being formed in a different time, a time that those raised since World War II have difficulty imagining."—Jane Adams, from the Introduction

“Readers familiar with the picturesque towns of Cobden, Anna, Jonesboro, Alto Pass, and Dongola will delight in this memoir by Edith Rendleman, who’s lived all of her life in Union County. . . Edith tells of a bygone era with a freshness and simplicity that makes one feel like this all happened last week. . . Reading her book is like leafing through an old photograph album.”—SpringfieldState Journal-Register

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809320592
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Series: Shawnee Books Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Bradley Rendleman is a retired farm wife and homemaker, a community volunteer and member of civic organizations, and a local historian and genealogist.

Jane Adams, an associate professor of anthropology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, is the author of The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois, 1890–1990.

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Table of Contents

Plates
Editor's Preface
Map 1: Union County in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Map 2: Union County in 1900
Map 3: The World of Edith Bradley Rendleman's Memoirs
Introduction 1
1 The Hard World I Was Born Into 24
2 First Memories of Home 36
3 Spice Cake and Fried Squirrel 51
4 Bringing in the Harvest 66
5 Farm Chores and High Jinks 83
6 A One-Room School with a Potbellied Stove 94
7 "Jump, Edith!" 110
8 Having the Time of Our Lives 128
9 Bedbugs, Fleas, and Hired Hands 141
10 My World Comes Apart 152
11 Carrying On 176
App. A. The Family of John and Mary Curtis Bradley 183
App. B. Descendants of Zachariah Lyerla 1755?-1847 Relevant to Edith Bradley Rendleman 184
App. C. The Family of Adam and Etta Bittle Ballance 186
App. D. The Family of Allen and Minnie Ballance Morgan 186
App. E. The Family of Sarah Penrod Grammer Bradley 187
App. F. The Family of Mary Lyerla 187
App. G. The Family of Robert and Hallie Crowell Rendleman 188
App. H. The Family of William and Edith Bradley Rendleman 188
Notes 189
Selected Bibliography 201
Index 203
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