There were many differed tasks involved in living on a homestead. In order to get everything done, these tasks were shared by all members of the family, regardless of age. When all the chores were done for the day, and if there was any time left, the family might gather around the fire and listen to stories. There was not much leisure time after a long day of hard work. Bedtime came early because all of the family members had work to do the next day.
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Settlers have their carts loaded full with all of their belongings as they travel a long journey to find their homestead.
The settlers who came to Saskatchewan faced hardships just like the settlers who arrived in the United States.
Mothers started their days very early and the day did not end until everyone was in bed. Mothers’ tasks were almost all things related to food, home, and children. The amount of work they had to do depended on the time of year. At harvest time, there was a large amount of food preparation. The threshing crews were big (as many as 30 men) and it was the responsibility of the woman in the home to prepare the meals for them.
Women spend a lot of their time preparing food, including gardening.
Early women settlers had a major impact on agriculture in Saskatchewan.
Harvest was also the time for preserving fruits and vegetables from the garden so that the food would last all winter. Mothers had to keep the house clean, the laundry done, and everyone fed. It was also the mother’s job to take care of the children until they were old enough to take care of each other.