Life on the Farm in Rural West Carroll Parish, Louisiana
June 16, 2013
Esther Eley Jones
|Esters (Erastus) Eley age 3|
Daddy taught us kids how to work, and we worked on the farm. We didn’t always like to do the work, but Daddy had a way of persuading us it was for our own good. There was always enough food to can and store for the winter. The meat that our family ate was raised and cured on the farm.
The thing that I remember most about growing up on a farm in West Carroll Parish is that we always had food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to live. We didn’t do without the basic needs of life, and those were provided by Daddy and Mother, and a home environment where we felt love and safe. No, we didn’t get hugs and kisses, or words such as I love you. However, we knew they cared and they loved us in their own ways.
Daddy worked the fields and Mother cared for the household chores and the children. He provided for his family during very difficult times. Family was important to daddy not only because the times were hard, but being raised by an uncle, cousins, or grandparents, William and Emma until they passed away. William died in 6 October 1917 and Emma died 11 November 1920 in Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish. Daddy was the oldest of the six children, and was five years old when Granny (Alice Lee) married Jack Eley.
Daddy retired from Mr. Hinton’s chicken farm when he was about 70 years old. He had worked on the chicken farm since 1965 and retired due of upper respiratory problems. He lived to be 82 years old. He lived a full productive life. He loved life and loved his family. He married his sweetheart Alma Coon; they were married 58 years, and raised eight children. All of the children have lived to become “senior adults.” That is an accomplishment!