CGP Community Stories

Edna Countryman, October 17, 1974

Title

Edna Countryman, October 17, 1974

Subject

Baking
Childhood
Christmas
Church
Cooking
Farming
Foster Parenting
Hops
Parties
School
Stores
Town Clerk

Description

Edna Countryman was born in Decatur, NY in 1892. After her father's death, her family moved to Pleasant Brook, NY, where she lived most of her life. Her father, Judson Thompson, was born in Cherry Valley, NY, as were his parents. Her mother, Viola Hedsell, and her parents were from Roseboom, NY. She married William Countryman in 1911 and worked as Pleasant Brook's town clerk, in addition to being a foster mother. She died in 1988.

John Carnahan interviewed Ms. Countryman at her home in Pleasant Brook, NY on October 17, 1974. The interview begins with an overview of her life, including how she became Pleasant Brook's town clerk. It covers farm life in the early to mid 1900s, although Mrs. Countryman mostly speaks about her childhood and early married life. In particular, Ms. Countryman discusses growing up, picking hops, social gatherings and celebrations, and how Pleasant Brook has changed since her youth.

Creator

John Carnahan

Publisher

Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York-College at Oneonta

Date

1974-10-17

Rights

Cooperstown Graduate Association, Cooperstown, NY

Format

audio/mpeg
25.2mB

Language

en-US

Type

Sound

Identifier

75-004

Interviewer

John Carnahan

Interviewee

Edna Countryman

Location

Pleasant Brook, NY

Transcription

00:29 - Move to South Valley
00:50 - Move to Pleasant Brook
1:09 - Marriage to William Countryman and early family history
2:05 - Operation
2:33 - Foster mother for six local girls
2:51 - Husband appointed town clerk
3:02 - Defeating her husband for town clerk, has been town clerk since
3:45 - Husband’s work in town
4:12 - Explains foster mother position
5:04 - Telephone rings
5:19 - Going to school
6:57 - Early home life
7:50 - Church as a young girl and later
9:30 - Childhood farm
9:49 - Hop picking on the farm, who picked, how picking was done
14:50 - Hop kiln and bagging
16:04 - Hop press and baling
16:25 - Butter churning, dog trot churn, selling butter
19:42 - Pea harvest, neighbors paid for picking
21:01 - Christmas celebrations, decorations, gifts
23:17 - Fourth of July celebration
24:04 - Social life in her youth and early marriage life, house parties
28:44 - Sleigh rides to parties in winters

[Start of Track 2, 30:40]

30:59 - Automobile’s harmful effect on church attendance
31:21 - They had more fun then than now
33:20 - Dancing in the home
34:17 - Changes in Pleasant Brook and the surrounding area, stores in village
36:17 - Blacksmith shop in village
37:27 - Sawmill near village
38:33 - School in Pleasant Brook
39:46 - Churches in Pleasant Brook, horse sheds at church
43:35 - No work on Sundays
44:21 - Parents origin and the family’s original move to New York from Connecticut, her great-great grandfather was one of three sons to move to NY, movement in NY from Decatur to Cherry Valley, to Pleasant Brook
49:56 - Premature end of interview, informant than began talking and interviewer began tape again
50:04 - Bread making, yeast starter
52:48 - Pie crusts her mother made
54:00 - Her mother’s pearl tapioca
54:17 - Strawberry shortcake and how it was made
55:54 - Berry and fruit picking and drying, apples, plums, and berries

Original Format

Cassette Tape

Duration

55:02

Bit Rate/Frequency

64 kbps

Files

Citation

John Carnahan, “Edna Countryman, October 17, 1974,” CGP Community Stories, accessed December 16, 2017, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/290.