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The Ballad Of William Sycamore Question?

Im writing a report on the story translated into simple terms.

I need the following answerss. If you can help me with any of them. You'd be myy heroo (:

1. What kind of childhood did the speaker have
2. What is the setting of this ballad
3. What was one experience the speaker could not endure
4. How does the speaker die

pleasee help.
And no.. Do yer own homework kid comments.
Really. I have absolutley no idea.
You'd bee myy heroo.

Posted by soccerrbabe
Custer SD

Reading the ballad the boy was born to a pioneer/farmer/hunter who lived in a log cabin somewhere. He had a happy childhood and when he grew up he followed in his father's footsteps and hunted for his food. He married and had sons. One grew up and died at the Alamo and the other died with General Custer fighting the indians. The deaths were hard on him and he also did not like the fact that cities were popping up and people were fencing off land. He died when the horse he was riding fell on him.

Good luck.

What was life like in the latter half of the 19th Century American West?

Referring to the Old West here.

From cooking, to residence, to farming, to city dwelling. From range life, to driving cattle to harvesting.

What did people eat, wear, drink, talk about. What were the economics of the West and its problems.

Any insights you could give would be really useful. I am no farmer, but really would like to do some writing on this subject matter. (illogical, perhaps) I am thinking of the Old West. I have been browsing the web for a long time and come up with nothing that useful.

Thank youu.
Erm, both? Sorry hadn't considered it.

Posted by Dave
Custer SD

In 'america's Women' Gail Collins writes:

"Many settlers made their first homes in dugouts, glorified caves carved from the side of hills. One girl who lived in a dugout wrote that when it rained "we carried the water out with buckets, then waded around in the mud until it dried up. Then to keep us nerved up, sometimes the bull snakes would get in the roof and now and then one would lose his hold and fall down on the bed, and then off on the floor. Mother would grab the hoe and there wass something doing and after the fight was over Mr Bull Snake was dragged outside." Pioneer diaries mention snakes a lot, particularly ones that fell from the ceiling into people's beds at night. One woman in Gaines County, Texas, reported killing 186 in one year. Jule Lovejoy found a rattlesnake under her bed, and another in a upboard above her baby's cradle. "We have never enjoyed a walk in the garden, or gathering plums, or indeed sleeping in our unfinished cabin in warm weather on account of these intruders."she wrote.

The soddy, a somewhat superior shelter, was made out of briks of sod, weighing up to 50 pounds apiece. It took an acre of prairie sod to build a one-room house. Soddies were sturdier than dugouts and many families lived in them for years. Wives may have yearned for a solid wood home, but if the family made money on the farm, the first priority for investment was to buy new equipment for the fields or better stock for the barn. One female pioneer said she and her neighbors grew so accustomed to gravel floors that they asked each other. "Have you done your house raking today?"

The flat, empty landscape of the praries, the perpetual winds and the dirt houses were enough to dispirit anyone, but ssome of the wives loved the challenge. "The wind whistled through the walls in winter and the dust blew in summer, but we paperd the walls with newspapers and made rag carpets for the floor and thought we were living well, very enthusiastic over the new country we intended to conquer" said Lydia Lyons.

Praries fires were a threat from late summer through autumn, when a spark from lightning or a campfire could set the tall grass blazing. "Many a time my mother stayed up all night, watching the red glare of the prarie fires in more than one direction, in fear and trembling that they might come swooping down on us asleep in our little log cabin." said Lillian Smith. When the danger faded, the winter arrived, with winds reaching over fifty miles an hour. In a blizzard,a family could be cut off rom the outside world for weeks, snowed in so effectively that they were unable to reach the woodpile. The wind was a force to be reckoned with year-round, shredding clothing on the line, blowing dust into houses through closed doors and windows.

The food was as spare as the land. At a luncheon at Fort Lincoln in the 1870s, the menu was tea,toasted hardtack, tart jelly made from buffalo berries, choekberry pie, and lemonade. Elizabeth Custer said their post went so long without eggs,butter and cream "the cook books were maddening to us." In California, new arrivals discovered that eggs, which had cost a few cents each back home, were a dollar, and chickens, which they remembered as costing a dime, were suddenly $10. Louise Clappe's remote mining village ran out of fresh meat over a long winter, and the residents were left with dried mackerel and "wagon loads of hard,dark hams . . .that nothing but the sharpest knife and stoutest heart can penetrate." On the plains, farm families just starting out often lived on nothing but corn and corn flour.

Depsite the rough manners of the western men, a woman with any claim to respectability could expect to be treated with great deference, if not outright awe. (When Elizabeth Gunn went to church with her children in sonara, the men sitting along the street stood up and saluted as she passed by.) But the women desperately misssed female friendships, and having so many single men in one place invariably led to the kind of behaviour that they found unpleasant. They complained in their letters home about widespread drinking, gambling, swearing and violence. "In the short space of 24 days" wrote Louise Clappe, the wife of a mining camp doctor "we have had murders,fearful accidents, bloody deaths, a mob,whippings,a hanging,an attempted suicide and a fatal duel."

Before they went west, most pioneere women had lived in houses that had heat,soft beds, and other comforts.But in the crowded cities and gold mining camps of California they slept in leaky tents, sat on crates, and cooked over campfires. They slogged through mud and dusst to get to Sunday services and gave birth to their children alone. Nevertheless, a lot of them seemed to enjoy themselves. "I like this wild and barbarous life" wrote Louise Clappe, who on anther occasion had told her sister "everybody ought to go to the mines, just to see how little it takes to make people comfortable in the world."

Anything fun to do near Battle Creek or Kalamazoo Michigan?

We are traveling to the battle creek / Kalamazoo area in Michigan this May. We have a 6 yr old and a 9 yr old that are going as well. What can we do as a family to have some fun. We are staying in a cabin for a weekend in Fort Custer State Park.

Posted by ruthiecrue2
Custer SD


I grew up in Battle Creek (Now I live in Atlanta). The coolest thing is probably Cereal City, USA. It's a fakey tour of a cereal plant but pretty entertaining. For a 6 year old and a 9 year old its pretty perfect, though. Look for Full Blast, which is like a kids entertainment gym/complex. They have a waterpark (its small). Also check out Leila Arboretum, which is very picturesque for a picnic or just a curvy drive.

And do my favorite thing: Sniff the air each morning and evening and try to guess which kind of cereal is being baked. You can smell it through the entire city. My favorites were: froot loops and blueberry morning.

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