Katharine Flint DuClos was born in Braintree, Vermont, in 1906. She passed away on January 1, 2010 at 103 years old. Katharine was raised on a hill farm above West Braintree. As a young woman she loved the out-of-doors andwas her father's "right hand man," helping with crops and the animals. She attended the Flint School on Braintree Hill and graduated from Randolph High School; after completing a teacher training course she taught in Braintree's one-room schools for thirty-one years. She and her husband, Gene, raised seven children. Katharine's great-great-great grandfather, William Flint, was one of the first settlers in Braintree. Her father, Perkins Flint, had an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the town and was well known as an extraordinary storyteller. Katharine shared her father's historical sensibility and his gift for language. Her History of Braintree II , which chronicles the town from the 1880s through the 1970s, is chock full of delightful anecdotes that mirror the fabric of everyday life. Katharine's many recordings with the Vermont Folklife Center offer an extraordinary resource for understanding life on Central Vermont farms in the early twentieth century.
In this account of her childhood in Braintree, VT, Katharine elaborates on the many roles held by apple cider.
Katharine tells a story where turn about is fair play.