SILENTTODD wrote:The Dakotas and Minnesota were all settled before the age of oil. What did people use to do then, how did they stay warm? (Of course as long as they kept their Horses or Mules alive through winter they didn’t have to worry if the machinery would work next spring).
They cut the native forests down.
Of course we cut down the forests just to find enought work to keep us warm... we also cut them down to build houses through out the midwest.
We also burned poop.
And we wore wool
And we ate a lot of animal fat
We also cuddled under down blankets and made more babies
and we were cold
we didn't complain about it though cause everybody was cold
You still see the effect of this experience in the attitudes of those who descend from those settlers. You think life is good? Just wait winter is coming. The sun is warm and the flowers are blooming? Just wait here comes the wind and the -30 below night.
It is not an accident that Disney, Hollywood and the majority of the feel good popular culture has its roots in places without a hard winter. This attitude can only come from a place where the beauty of a warm sun can be taken for granted. It is my opinion that the storied work ethic of the upper midwest comes from the historical experience that if you do not make hay when you can then you will at the very least find yourself poor and may find yourself dead.
Some of us also remember that hard times probably won't kill you, if you are prepared.