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From Just a year ago: George Rice's "Reminiscing: Thanksgiving and Hog Killing." "Up until the 30s, 40s, and 50s, it was an annual thing to kill hogs on Thanksgiving days in the Green River Country of Adair County. It took days of planning, and the morning started with getting the scalding box ready, and the boiling water just right - the temperature was measured by the number of times one's finger could be swiped through the water. The work started at 4am, but sometimes, the actual shooting of hog had to await the daylight so the men could see he sights on their rifles. There was scraping, then hanging the hog on the gambling poles, then butchering and sausage making. The tenderloin was given to the women who prepared lunch for the men and workers ate in shifts. There was lard making, with its side of cracklings, wonderful wonderful for crackling bed. George Rice remembers the process in great detail, and wonders if those were the good old days, even with the rabbit hunting which followed the Thanksgiving meat making ritual," George Rice wondered, after enjoying a far different breakfast on Thanksgiving Day, 2014, and concludes that they were. They were the Good Old Days.

By George Rice

As I sat at the breakfast table this morning eating my bowl of oats I began to reminisce the so called good old days of hog killings.

At our house, it was an annual thing to kill hogs on Thanksgiving Day.

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