Water Drilling Rig and Dowsing Ineffective During Depression Era

Massachusetts woman recalls her father trying to locate underground water with both a water drilling rig and by dowsing to no avail during the depression era

| Good Old Days

During the depression era, we did not have any water on our land, and no electricity. I remember how my Dad, with my brothers, would haul three big wooden barrels of water in a wagon a couple of times a week. He would hitch up a team of horses and go haul the water from the nearest spring, about five miles one way. Dad had a Water Drilling Rig come and twice they drilled over 300 feet down, but struck no water. They even had a man who tried dowsing, or holding a forked branch from a tree, and this switch should pull down when he walked over a vein of water. It didn't work.

Barbara Parker
Agawam, Massachusetts

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