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Norma Tate
Farm Wife

Climax, NC
November 18, 2002
People would go to the store and they would put the bill for what they bought in the receipt holder and they'd charge their purchases until the next Saturday. Then on Saturday they took their cream and eggs in to exchange for what they bought. And the name of that store, nearby when I was a child, was Exchange. That would have been in the twenties and early thirties.

Mike's chain, he's made several. He does lots of other wood working projects. He worked with the Extension Service of the University of Illinois for thirty three years as a Farm Advisor. He's a writer, he's written columns and papers, Down the Mud Road is the name of his column.

This butter mold belonged to my husband's mother, GeRusha Tate. They milked the cows, seperated the cream and the milk with a cream seperator and made the butter out of the cream. When you pushed the butter out of there it had the stamp on it, just to make it pretty. This isn't an unusual stamp, but it's pretty.

The shucking palm,
you just wore that. You wore special gloves because it was always cold weather. And you would take hold of the ear with your right hand and you'd reach and tear off the shuck with the hook that's on the left hand, and you'd break the ear off and throw it into the wagon which was being pulled by a team of horses. There were some men who could really shuck a lot of it. The familiar sound of someone shucking corn would be the ear of corn hitting the bang board that was on the opposite side of the wagon. It had been built up so you wouldn't throw the corn away!

I made the first quilt in 1986
. I pieced them by hand, with a needle, thread and a thimble. When I would start one, instead of stopping and really figuring out how it should look, I'd just started sewing the pieces together , but I don't want that to imply that I haven't done the very best job, square corners. And the people who quilted always liked to work with my pieces.

In case:
42" long maple wood whittled chain, with link size decending toward end, 25 links and swivel, made by Norma Tate's brother, Mike Sager, 1980's
Receipt holder, black painted tin, 7.5" x 4" with large wire spring and hole for hanging on wall.
Butter Mold, 4.75"x 3.5" high, with central wooden handle and carved relief pattern, acorns & leaf design.
Leather corn shucking palm hook with two leather straps for fastening and formed steel plate and hook.
7" x 5"
case sitting on:
10 cotton patchwork quilts, "made from fabric scraps left from material left from what I used to make our clothes."

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