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Illinois Newspaper Project Blog

Hay Stove: Part One

by Kimberly Lerch  |  Published: July 8, 2020 Are you an overworked farm wife?   Short on time but long of mouths to feed? Between weeding the garden, scrubbing and hanging out the wash to dry, visiting your sick neighbors, baking goods for the church social, repairing worn clothing, taking care of the chickens, churning […]

Fancy Work (French and Eyelet/Cutwork Embroidery)

by Kimberly Lerch | Published: June 29, 2020     I love to do needlework; in particular, I love to do what is called “fancy work.” What is Fancy Work? Needlework encompasses all work done with the needle, whether it is necessary work or not. Darning, patching, repairing ripped seams, hemming, sewing buttons back on […]

Five Weeks in October: Week Five

by Kimberly Lerch  |  Published: June 19, 2020 October of 1918, the fifth week.[1] Last week read like an endless list of friends, neighbors, and loved ones in the area dying from this damned flu. We (I say we because, after a month of reading about these folks, I feel I know them) are told […]