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The Good Old Days

Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Mack Hackworth of Pocahontas scoops up some freshly made cornmeal from his corn grinder during Homesteader Day held in Hardy's Loberg Park June 21. The annual event allows local residents and visitors to catch a glimpse of how life was long ago as exhibitors showcase their talents in basket weaving, candle making, cooking and more. See the July 2 edition for more photos.

Photo/Murphy


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I remember the days before electricity was available....out in the countryside, and watching grandma and mom wash clothes by boiling them in a kettle suspended over an outdoor fire. They had galvanized tubs they used for rinsing. They would use long, stripped clean, limbs to pick the hot clothing out of the boiling water and transfer them to the cold clean water in the rinse tubs. It would take all day to do laundry.

I remember them using clean 'fruit jars' and syrup cans to keep milk, churned butter, and other perishables cold. They made sure the lids were tightly sealed, and placed them in the cold running water down at the creek.

What a blessing it was when electricity was made available in the 1950s.

-- Posted by MartinsCreek on Fri, Jun 27, 2008, at 11:50 AM


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