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Pioneer Gatherings

Time flies by when perusing through the pages of the 1883 History of Bates County. I love delving into these old history books and am forever grateful to the men who faithfully recorded the stories. I have shared biographies from the 1918 History over the past month but today I am sharing a story from the 1883 History that goes back to the very early beginnings of our county. This past week, Bates County celebrated its 178th anniversary so I think it’s fitting to share this record of how our early citizens celebrated their pioneer gatherings.

Page 791 – “At all the log rollings and house raisings it was customary to provide liquor. Excesses were not indulged in, however. The fiddle was never forgotten. After the day’s work had been accomplished, outdoors and in, by men and women, floor was cleared and the merry dance began. The handsome, stalwart young men, whose fine forms were the result of their outdoor life, clad in fringed buckskin breeches and gaudily colored hunting shirts, led forth the brighteyed, buxom damsels, attired in neatly-fitting linsey Woolsey garments, to the dance, their cheeks glowing with health and eyes speaking of enjoyment, and perhaps of a tenderer emotion. In pure pioneer times the crops were never husked on the stalk, as is done at this day, but were hauled home in the husk and thrown in a heap, generally by the side of the crib, so that the ears when husked could be thrown direct into the crib. The whole neighborhood, male and female, were invited to the shucking, as it was called. The girls and many of the married ladies generally engaged in this amusing work.



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