Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Itinerate Religion]
Obtaining a bath was perhaps one of the hardest things to do. We usually had little privacy in these homes. Our room, when not utilized for sleeping was used, in many cases, for other things during the day. This added to the precarious task of bathing. It was a great task to bring the water from the well, find space on the stove to take the chill off the water, and then find a tub large enough to bathe in. Then barring the people from the room was the problem. Either my wife, or myself, would take refuge in the tub while the other stood guard at the door to bar the family from entering. Many, many times we mere embarrassed by interruptions—-although there was little attention paid to such interruptions.
To survive these ordeals of inconvenience a sense of humor was a necessity.
Interesting in comparison to modern methods was the handling of dairy products. They would milk the cow, bring the milk in and separate the cream from the milk. The milk and cream were handled with little thought of sanitation. The products would be put in a pail and set down by a gate near the road until the mailman would pick it up.
A modern mother would be horror-stricken if she thought her child would have to drink unsanitary milk. Then, milk was milk and sanitation was skimming the dirt off the top.
Transportation presented a difficult problem. Particularly so during bad weather. Many, many times the mud was hub-deep on the wagon wheels, necessitating the driver and quite often the passengers got out and help the horses lift the wagon out of the mire.
The church was usually several miles from the homes we had to stay in.