Family Farm: Going to Town with a Team of Horses

Missouri woman recalls her grandparents making the trip from the family farm to the nearest town in a hack pulled by a team of horses

| Good Old Days

When I was a little girl, I loved to go to my Grandma and Grandpa Hill's. They lived on a farm and we lived close to them.

Grandma always had biscuits and molasses and I became very hungry when I went there.

They didn't have a lot of money, but they always had company who enjoyed eating with them. Grandma always set a good table. No matter how many came, there was plenty for all.

Grandpa drove a team of horses and they went to town in a hack, which was kind of like a buggy with no top. I went with them many times.

Before they started out for the long trip, Grandma would run out and grab three or four old fat hens and tie their feet and put them in a sack. Along with her bucket of cream, she took them to the produce store and sold them for coffee, sugar and whatever else she needed.

They kept their milk, butter and cream in a spring near the house. The water kept it all nice and cool. They also had a big garden.

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