Great stories. I grew up the next generation in our town so while I didn't do most of those things my mother, aunts and uncles did. A shame so many are so far removed from that life style.
A little bit about my town:
Much larger than you describe, about 10,000 population. About half the people were from six or so families so you could find out that girl you had a crush on was a 2nd cousin.
When there was a fire the siren in the town center would go off and the men would leave the fields to fight the fire. If the siren sounded on Thanksgiving our house would empty out because my uncles and older cousins were the volunteer fire department.