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Edwin Corrigan Letter 1995 - Part 2 - Zalewski Family Genealogy Wiki

Edwin Corrigan Letter 1995 - Part 2


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Wash day was always a very busy, long day for Mother. With a large family and no washing machine, it was a chore. Our biggest problem was having enough water. We did have a well, which was 221 feet deep and a windmill. When we had wind all was well. Pa had fixed the pump with a pipe that could send the water to the trough for watering the cows and horses. When the trough was full, he could switch the pipe to run the water in to a cement cistern. In the house, we had a small hand pump where we could pump the water into the kitchen. Later on, the cistern got leaky and we either had to get water pumped by the windmill or pump it by hand. Pumping the water from a 221 foot well was no easy task. We had to put an extension on the pump handle and it would take two of us younger kids to pump water. Different times the pump was out of order, we had to haul water from the Gingles. We had a small wagon in the summer and a sled in winter. We would fill a five-gallon can. You can imagine how long 5 gallons laster with the large family. Sometimes we would catch rain water or melt snow for washing clothes. Those were the days!
 
Wash day was always a very busy, long day for Mother. With a large family and no washing machine, it was a chore. Our biggest problem was having enough water. We did have a well, which was 221 feet deep and a windmill. When we had wind all was well. Pa had fixed the pump with a pipe that could send the water to the trough for watering the cows and horses. When the trough was full, he could switch the pipe to run the water in to a cement cistern. In the house, we had a small hand pump where we could pump the water into the kitchen. Later on, the cistern got leaky and we either had to get water pumped by the windmill or pump it by hand. Pumping the water from a 221 foot well was no easy task. We had to put an extension on the pump handle and it would take two of us younger kids to pump water. Different times the pump was out of order, we had to haul water from the Gingles. We had a small wagon in the summer and a sled in winter. We would fill a five-gallon can. You can imagine how long 5 gallons laster with the large family. Sometimes we would catch rain water or melt snow for washing clothes. Those were the days!
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