Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Sarah Reddick]
In the early days we were tormented by insects, mostly fleas and all kinds of bugs and head lice.
They don't seem to bother anymore. People were a little superstitious of coal oil as a treatment.
Afraid of Coal Oil Lamps
This was in the time just after coal oil lamps came in and lots of the folks were afraid to use them because they would burn you up or at least they thought so. Coal oil was an evil thing to them.
My brother was bitten by a rattlesnake here in Nebraska and every year after that on the date he was bitten, his leg would swell and turn blue. Others said this happened to every one who was bitten. Lots of evil things were blamed on snakes.
& Groom Hoax
When I was a girl, the men used to play a joke on all newcomers in the neighborhood. no man would dress up as a girl and then the couple, both men, but one dressed as a girl, would ride out to the newcomer's house and call him out and ask him to get a minister, as they wanted to get married.
The new neighbor would usually hustle around and get his horse out to take them to the minister.
After a while they would have a good laugh and tell him it was just a joke.
The Water Stick
There were in the earlier days some men who went around and offered to locate water with a forked stick so that one could dig a well in the right place. They said that then they came over the place where water was the stick would turn and twist. They did locate some wells but I never saw