Working Out and the Hard Road

“Grandma worked out as a young girl and when they bought their farm in the late 1930s it was on the ‘hard road.’ ”

Explain terms in your notes that may not be clear to someone else later. Grandma was not going to the gym when she “worked out” and most farms in the 1930s where they lived were not on paved roads–it was a big deal at the time.

She called it the “slab” too. Grandma babysat me when I was small and she’d warn me not to go out near the “slab.” My children had no idea what I meant. It was the state highway that ran in front of Grandma’s house.

Always make certain your terminology is clear and make certain that you understand terms in old records and newspapers that might not mean today what they did they.