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Education In 1930s
1) When and where were you born? I was born the 12th of October, 1919 in
Lincoln, VT. Five generations of Purintons have been born and raised in Lincoln.
2) Do/did you have any siblings? I had two brothers, John and George. John was
five years older than me and George was three years older. John died a couple
years ago, but George is still alive and well and living up in West Lincoln
making maple syrup. 3) What did your parents do? My father worked up in the
woods clearing land and he also helped out on a farm. My mother mostly stayed at
home and cooked and cleaned, like most women did in those days. She would often
get together with the ladies from town to bake and sew while sharing the latest
gossip. 4) What were your daily chores? I remember getting up around 5:00 every
morning to go outside and get wood for the fire. There was always plenty of work
for us kids to do. The boys always did the hard labor, for example, the wood.
The girls mostly stayed inside, helping their mother with whatever chores she
needed to have done. We only had three boys in our family, so what I remember
about what girls did is based on what our friend Carol Ann Rose told us. Carol
was two years older than me but she was really good friends with all three of
us. 5) What was a typical day like? Well, like I said, every morning we would
get up at 5:00, especially when it wasnít a school day. No school meant that
there was more work that needed to be done and we needed to get an early start
on it. One thing that our parents taught us was to spend time with God every
morning and that was the most important thing. After our morning quiet time we
would have a warm breakfast, although some were much bigger than others. We
didnít have a lot of money growing up. I remember spending a large amount of
the day in school, then coming home and doing chores until dinnertime.
Dinnertime was followed by time we spend reading or listening to the radio
together, most of the reading was from the Good Book (the Bible). The latest I
ever remember staying up during my childhood was 9:00 because we always knew how
early we had to get up the next day. 6) What was the most exciting childhood
event? Most boring? I think that the most exciting event in my childhood was in
1932 when our parents brought us to the Worldís Fair in Tunbridge. I remember
having a terrible a terrible stomachache from eating so much of that delicious
food. As far as boredom goes, there was absolutely no time for it. We spent
every moment not in school working. Boredom was not tolerated by our parents. 7)
What did you do with your leisure time? There was very little leisure time, but
what leisure time we did have was spent with the neighbor kids, playing
baseball, going swimming, stuff like that. 8) How did your family celebrate
holidays? Easter and Christmas were the most important holidays in our family.
The mornings of those days were spent in church and reading the Bible. Family
would often come to visit for Christmas. I remember many a white Christmas spent
outside with our cousins from New York throwing snowballs at each other. 9) Did
you have any childhood diseases? I was very fortunate, I was very healthy when I
was young. I had a small case of the measles when I was 10 and had chicken pox
when I was six. Other than that I had a very healthy childhood. 10) Did your
parents keep in touch with their home country? My parents were born and raised
here. A Purinton hasnít been born outside of Vermont in five generations. 11)
Do you remember anything else about growing up? Only school-related stuff, but I
understand thatís the reason youíre here anyway. 12) What about dating
practices? Our parents were very strict when it came to dating. There was also
very little time for it. PUBLIC SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 1) What elementary schools did
you attend? I went to grammar school in a one-room schoolhouse in Lincoln.
Itís the one right next to where your Aunt Patty lives, I think someone turned
it into a house recently, though. 2) What were the economic conditions at the
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