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a pro-r v' lifts . inti iriniM Biiflii"f rr WiW it --i.ii-itn i nn im n n W i iiii r i iftiin iiwlwinnit- f mtnrrr irifnrmwiiiwnittiiflnWrTninWffi HERE'S PROOF Mrs. Mittfe J. Cothran, 77, holds up one of the biacFwoTstockrngl for whlcFshe carded and tpuirthe wool thread, as well as did the knitting and dyeing. The porch settee is another of her accomplishments, made with the aid of willow branches. These are two examples of why her friends declare, "Aunt Mitt an do anything!" Doing Things The Old Way Still Enjoyed ByHrsT Mittie Cothran, Rockvale "Aunt Mitt can do 'most anything,", her friends declare.. And the unusual and interesting activities of Mrs. Mittie J. Cothran, on the Versailles Road, - certainly prove their statement is well-founded. : It is doubtful if there" is another citizens in the county, or perhaps even in the state, wno, like Mrs. Cothran, still cards and spins her own woolen thread and knits it into long stockings for the chilly days of winter. This 77-y ear-old great-grandmother has been doingj it since she was a girl ana has two spinning" wheels that still wort Dyeing the stockings black is something that takes a little know-how, too, for if the White wool stocking is tossed dry into the boiling hot dye, there would be on ruined, article. They must be dampened in luke warm water first, she said not that many will need the information. - On her back porch are two sturdy, well-made settees with curved backs fashioned from willow branches. She made them, of course. A long, wide plank forms the seat, and strong round branches the legs. On one of these might be lying some- broom or-mop-hahdlesrand another of her abilities comes to light "Miss- Mitt" also . makes brooms out of broom corn which she raises. She has a machine which does the job within minutes. Getting ready to put in garden this spring, as she,, does every spring, this active lady had called in someone to help her plow the garden. To save time, she got the mule hitched up for the job. When the promised help did not arrive; she plowed the garden herself. It wasn't something she'd never done before, for there are few tasks about a farm that Miss Mitt has not tackled,- of necessity, through the sixty-one years since she came to her present home as a bride. Widowed when the youngest of her three children was only a babe, she would help'the boy of the family 1 1 .s 3 -i with the outdoor work while the girls kept up with the housekeep-ing. . '-'' She and her son, Puckett Cothran, of Eagleville, bave sheared many a head of sheep. Combining efforts, one works on each end of the sheep, until they take care of a sheep in six minutes. The job used to be done much moresslow-ly, with hand-shearers. They have more than forty sheep now. ' By this time, it is no surprise to learn that Aunt Mitt makes her own lye soap, and finds it works fine in her washing machine. She makes all but her Sunday dresses,, and always has a good supply of aprons, because she makes them. She used to crochet a lot There was a time when she made-baby caps for sale tiny ones for 15 cents and bigger ones for a quarter. With all the gardening and chores, Aut Mitt Cothran has found time to do many kinds of handwork. She used to make rag carpets by weaving them On the loom. And the only kind of blankets she ever had, she says, arathe homemade ones woven on the loom. Plenty of them are still in use. . She still knits a good deal in winter. Last year she finished nine hats. She has made sweaters and scarves, too, and other articles. . - , The garden fence is lined with grapevines which she has set out and pruned each year. Many glas ses of sparkling jelly find their way to - her winter canned fruit storehouse. And several bushels of grapes are sold to neighbors Aunt Mitt picka the grapes, of course. Mrs. Cothran has been a member of a church, for sixty years-belongs now to Mt. Pleasant Bap tist phurch and during all that time she has only missed "two big meetings," she said. She still attends regularly Used to walk the mile from home to church and carry her baby. -

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  1. The Daily News-Journal,
  2. 14 Aug 1956, Tue,
  3. Page 3

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