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How We Used to Eat (1953 - 1955 or so)
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Posted 4/16/2021 09:25 (#8954848 - in reply to #8953290)
Subject: RE: How We Used to Eat (1953 - 1955 or so)

Fruita CO
Good post.
On the mountain where I grew up, there were a lot of old homesteads/ranches that had families subsisting during the depression on "buckskin & beans", & maybe a little garden. They said you could survive the winter with a sack of pinto beans & a box of 30-30 shells...yeah, pretty much everybody poached the 50's most of those people had moved on & the homesteads were abandoned & bought out by the bigger ranchers. We had some neighbors that were pretty poor, but nobody starved. The population never got back to depression levels until the ranches started being cut up into 40-acre "ranchettes" in the 70's. The climate has dried out, used to be pinto beans & wheat grown up there, it's just too dry now...
My family was not rich, but never hungry, always had cows & chickens & raised a few hogs, plus the big garden, & about an acre of potatoes. By the 50's Dad & uncle were buying land & grew the outfit into a pretty good ranch... it was a good place to grow up...

Edited by ronm 4/16/2021 09:27
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