%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
People & Life Ways
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Receiving the Mail

When the order from the list was complete and the basket just about full, Mrs. Woodliff would carefully put the mail in the among the beans, coffee, sugar, and flour.

If there was a letter from Momma's sister back in Illinois, it would be a happy time at the dinner table.  Momma always read parts of the letter to us, and she and Poppa would smile and recall the fine times with the family they hadn't seen in fifteen years.  I didn't know any of the people, not even Auntie Sarah, because I was born here in Nevada, after the move west.  My older sister Fannie didn't even remember--she was just a baby when they came overland on the Emigrant Trail.

Sometimes, if there was a little extra money, Momma put in an extra penny.  Mrs. Woodliff would take down the big jar of candy and let me pick.  I always took a peppermint stick.  It lasted the longest and I would twirl it on my tongue until it came to a sharp point--then bite it off!  On the way home I would think about the next trip to the store.  Maybe next time I would try a different candy--but I never did!
 
 

Photo Credits:
Churchill County Museums and Archives