Thank you to Lisa at The Accidental Genealogist for the great Fearless Females prompts for the month of March. Prompt # 12: Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.
When I was a child we lived on a large commercial potato farm in rural southern Oregon. My father was the Manager; about the time that my sister was born, our mother became the bookkeeper for the Oregon farm. She always said she luckily fell into the job, as she had not finished high school and had no training as a bookkeeper. Her office was a small room just off of the dining room of our house. She kept the time records and wrote checks for the farm-hands, as well as providing the necessary financial reports for the corporate office in California. In later years, she would attribute her ability to run farm finances to the training that she got from this farm corporation. The corporate officers in California were like an extended family; they were mentors to my parents, as well as friends.
As a children, we knew better than to bother our mother if she was "working in the office." She continued this job for about 8 years, until the youngest of us four siblings was born. Then my Aunt Gail came to the farm and took over the bookkeeping. The "office" was moved to the old bunkhouse, which was made into a real office with a counter separating farm-hands from the "office staff" (my Aunt Gail.) Then our mother once again turned into a "full time" mother and wife.