|Market Day in the early 1900|
|SATURDAY IN BROUGHTON IL 1928
A bright sun was shining in Broughton
The weather was hot and dry
it was Saturday morning and the farmers came in
To sell there produce and buy.
Their eggs were candled and put in case,
The cream was tested and weighed,
The housewives were paid in credit or cash
And went to the store to trade.
The farmers gathered in the shade of a store,
Near the hitch rail where their horses were tied.
They talked of their cattle, their hay crops and corn,
And horses they were breaking to ride.
Across the street near Ed Barker's store,
Washer pitching was in full swing.
And not far away by the town barber shop
The kids had a marble ring.
The clang of a hammer rang out now and then,
A blacksmith was plying his trade.
A mule was tethered by a big open door---
The shoes were being fitted and made.
The clerks were busy in the big Allen's Store,
Things were packaged and sacked by hand.
The big fork hung by the pickled meat barrel,
A lard paddle in a fifty pound stand.
The big store smelled of sweet pickle brine,
And coffee beans ground by hand.
You could smell the box of P & G soap
And new harness freshly tanned.
Some men were looking at the new overalls,
Osh-Kosh seemed the favorite then.
The ladies browsed through new bolts of print,
That came in on the old L&N.
As the evening wore on the farmers left town
The hitch rails were empty and quiet.
The washers lay idle, the stores were all closed,
And Broughton settled in for the night.
John (Ox) Gwaltney
|These gentlemen are pitching washers in
Broughton in the 1900s.
Ed Barker's Store can be seen on the left and C.W. Allen's Store on the right.