Nancy Sue Reeves - Birth through Grade school - 1937-1951
My History by Nancy Sue Reeves (Page 2)
Papaw, with help from daddy built the house we lived in up on top of the hill. It had one large room we used as a family room during the day, and we had several beds where we all slept at night. Our heat came from a fire place. This room connected to a room we used as a dining room. The kitchen was south of the dining room. No running water in the house at that time. A living room was added to the north of the dining room. Hardwood floors were added to this room and a free standing wood burning heater installed also. This room was seldom used. The large room that served as a bedroom for all of us was large enougn to hold several chairs and we all sat in at night or during the day when we were not ourside or in the kitchen. In the early years there was a wood burning cook stove in the kitchen. Later on it was converted into an oil burning stove, and in the late '40s, we got a butane tank, heaters and a gas stove . We had a smaller table aganist the East wall where we ate all our meals. In later years a back Porch was added to the house and you would go out the door to it and then out a screen door to the outside, facing South.
The farm road traveled in front of our house and on out to the tenant house where a family of Negros, usually, lived to help with the farm work. Between the two houses Papaw put in a water pump so that water would be available to both families. I can remember that at times we would have to take a glass of water with and pour in into the top of the pump to prime it to get the water. As I remember it, the water was always very cold and good.
Across the farm road from the pump was two hives of bees and, at the right time of year, Papaw, with help from the tenants, would rob the bee hives and we would have honey for everyone. Then to bees would be left to put in a supply for themselves to make it through the winter.
Papaw farmed cotten, corn, cut his own hay, and had sixteen acres in apple trees which he took very good care of. He did his own pruning of the trees, grafting and spraying for insects and taught the farm hands how to do this, as well.
Mamaw Freeny's sister, Mattie V. Cleveland, lived with Mamaw and Papaw until I was almost a teenager. Auntie, as we called her, was very sick, as a child, and ran an extremely high fever. As a result, she did not develop normally, but developed a hump on her back, from the waist up. She did a lot of crocheting to earn money and did some writing for the weekly Carthaginian and for the Clarion Ledger, in Jackson. We all loved her dearly. She crocheted me a little dress.