Homesteading In Montana

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Homesteading in Montana became a way of life in 1862, several citizens from all around fled to Montana to claim land and began farming and ranching. Although this might sound easy there were many stipulations and processes in order to make homesteading possible. From families, wives, operations and much more led into the boom. “The ready available of free or inexpensive land and the new methods of dry farming made the Montana homestead boom possible” (Malone, Roeder and Lang 238). “Three important factors gave the rise to the Homestead Boom in Montana: the dry land farming system of agriculture, the availability of large tracts of land either free or at low prices, and the mammoth promotional campaign that cracked up around 1908” ( Malone, …show more content…
Not only did women just cook and clean they took care of the meat that the men would bring in, hand-made all the clothes for the family, taught the children and much more was added to the list. When taking care of the meat the women would have to smoke or salted the meat before being able to eat. Canning was another tedious task the women had to take care of vegetables had to be prickled or dried, so they would have enough food during the winter. Fruit was dried or if the families were wealthy enough they would preserve with sugar, back then sugar was very expensive so most families had to dry their fruits instead. Wives normally had to cook 3 meals a day but when it was harvest time they would sometimes have to cook 5-8 meals because of the large threshing crews. Along with the many hours put into cooking the women also had to hand sew all the clothes for each families member, they did not have sewing machines back then. Along with all the clothing came washing, this was a 3 day process it started with boiling the clothes in lye that took a whole day the second day you would hang them to dry. The third day consisted of ironing the women used what they called was “Sad Iron” most women had two to three pieces of iron that had to be heated by the stove. Along with all the cooking cleaning and washing came being the nurse and teacher in their spare time. An old saying …show more content…
Everyone was aware of the big boom in Montana in 1862 and that showed by people traveling from the other side of the United States to come claim land and start homesteading in the Big Sky State. But along with claiming the land came many requirements. With the large Homestead Boom it drastically increased the population of Montana in such little time which also made the state of Montana get caught up with the upcoming technology of machinery so they would have a more efficient way of farming so they could expand their farms. Farming and ranching will always have a big impact on the live style of many citizens because farmers and ranchers are the ones who feed their

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