December 24, 2004 - Jane's Dad -- Francis Hainey passed away in May 2010 -- talked about some of his life growing up, including his work life, during our visit to the farm where she grew up. His family sold milk in Barnard, Missouri directly to the community -- bottled and delivered the milk. Quart bottle with cream from Jersey cows sold for 8 cents per quart, skim milk sold for 10 cents per gallon, and a pint of cream for 8 cents until 1950.
The last milk producer along Highway 6 near St. Joe was overwhelmed by the large producers.
Francis talked about other memories including the time when his
Dad partnered with Joe Eaton on getting a mule train when he wanted.
Lathrop acted as a central market for distribution to supply World War I
packs, also used in the south for cotton farming.
used mules for transporting mail when a car couldn't traverse the muddy
roads. Francis would drive a mail buggy when he was 18 sometimes.
Francis' Dad acted as a substitute for two mail routes; he had a harness
for these mules, indicating a good investement because of the high