In answer to the question, I can share from my husband's memory of being a
son of a drang in the 1930's. He remembers the lifestyle well.
The Drang was under a one year contract - from November to November. He had
the right to ask for his papers in September in order to seek employment for
the next year. November 1st was the moving day to the next place. The
farmhand got a salary plus a cottage, usually two rooms and a kitchen, an outhouse,
and a potato patch. Milk for the family was provided but subtracted from the
salary. They had a hard life and were usually looking for something better.
My husband came from a family of 10 children, so you can imagine how crowded
it was to live in a small cottage with all the children sleeping in the same
room. His father was the caretaker of the animals, feeding them and milking
the cows. I find it interesting that even at that time they had milking
For the children, the most difficult thing was having to change schools so
often. They walked or would ski to school. He got very tired of eating boiled
potatoes with Lingonberries or oatmeal. To this day, he won't touch oatmeal.
I think life was even more difficult earlier than his experience in the 30's
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