The Fourth of July was not the huge celebration in years past as it is today. Most of the memories center around a family gathering, or a trip to town. Strasburg, I think, had a parade. Some people had picnics on the farm. However, the underlying comment was, “we had to hoe the potatoes before we went to town.”
Imagine that? Being excited about the possibility of a parade or those small firecrackers lined up in a double row with a magic string that released them one by one when pulled; and then having to hoe the field of potatoes before going to town.
It was a different time. A time when food was more important than anything. There were tasks for everyone, regardless of the age – whether it was pulling potato bugs off the leaves and dropping them in kerosene, hoeing or pulling weeds. The reward was food for all the winter months.
Rose Glas, Linton, had this photo of a parade in Strasburg. The date and place remain in her interview tapes which I have yet to transcribe, but I thought I would share this photo of the “Red, White and Blue” and remind us all of what tomorrow’s holiday really represents – freedom. And of course, food. So enjoy your day.