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Re: in your sixties?

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01-12-2013 11:11:41

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There was a bucket on the back porch wher mom poured dish water and vegetable peelings and you were constantly being told to empty it across the fence.....Hot water was a kettle on the stove.....Weak water well so bath was a kettle of hot water and 5 gallons of cold water and reused by father and then used to flush toilet.....bathroom put in by father before he married a city sink and hot water heater came later......all heaters turned off at night.....going to church in thin suit pants and feeling the cold from plastic seat without heaters(optional in Texas).....having only two pair of jeans and always to short.....How did we live like that?

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01-12-2013 11:53:27

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 Re: in your sixties? in reply to theoldtexasfarmer, 01-12-2013 11:11:41  
More......Gras control in yard was the milk cow and her calf.....father milking cow twice a day,mother pasturizing milk with a modern electric pasturizer,mother making cottage cheese and butter,making ice cream in deep freezer out in an outside barn and running out to stir it....washing clothes in a wringer washer on the back porch.....watching uncle knock a calf in the head then cutting its throat,then father and uncle pulling it up on a block and tackle,skinning it and butchering it ,then freezeing it in their Sears Coldspot freezers.Liver and brains werent frozen but were for supper on butchering day.......salting the hide to sell at the hide house.....My wife says I should write these memories down as the kids dont believe me.......I still have and use my fathers and uncles tractor,1949 farmall super A,along with an assortment of mule drawn implements.

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01-12-2013 12:20:15

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 Re: in your sixties? in reply to theoldtexasfarmer, 01-12-2013 11:53:27  
i was raised on the edge of the city but in the fifties there was rural ways. when i was about 12 i had walked up the street to a friends house where his dad cut hair on the back porch for 25 cents. walking back home there was a group of men around an old shed with a calf tied to it. i walked up just in time to see a man draw back with a sledge hammer and hit it right between the eyes. the calf just sorta blinked and looked at him. he drew back and hit the calf again and this time the calf just crumbled down dead. man i left scared to death and never told anyone about for a long time.

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