- from The New Nation
Have you ever wished you didn’t have to spend so much time studying indoors?
If you were the child of pioneers (the first people to settle in a place), you wouldn’t be going to school as much. You wouldn’t have time.
Like their parents, most kids on the frontier had a lot of work to do: planting crops, churning butter, carrying water for laundry, and more. Daniel Drake was two when his parents moved to Kentucky in 1787. By age eight, he was up before sunrise to feed the farm animals, help his dad plant crops, and help his mom make cloth. This hardworking kid still got an education, and he became a well-known frontier doctor.