Pioneer families needed their children to work. The children helped on the farm and in their homes in many ways.
Girls helped with the cooking, cleaning, sewing, and taking care of the younger children.
Boys helped with the planting and harvesting of crops and also helped hunt for food to feed the family.
Their chores were often so time consuming that they were kept home from school in order to complete the work. But chores were both necessary and educational. Working alongside their parents, boys and girls learned many skills they would need later to run a farm and to raise a family.