Bacon has not always been available for purchase in nicely sealed packages, cut and ready for the frying pan or a pot of pinto beans.
Nor has ham always been found in a grocery store’s meat department.
Back in the day, pork came on cloven hooves in rural Texas.
Just about anyone who grew up in the country, particularly in East Texas, prior to the 1960s remembers when most families raised their own hogs.
One of those East Texans is 77-year-old W.T. Rials, a native of Anderson County who now lives in Sherman.
In Rials’ boyhood,
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