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TAG : Good Old Days

Valuable Doll Gets Thrown Away in Outhouse

I was four-years-old when the Armistice was signed. I remember being frightened when the whistles and horns blew. Before that all our visitors and the family talked about how awful the Germans were. My mother scrubbed the kitchen for a neighbor woman who was unable to do it herself, she had no ...

Two People Too Much For Outhouse

Back in the 30s nearly everyone had a back-house. We lived in a small town in Missouri and I did housework for a lady. They had a two-seater outhouse that faced the main street. A friend of the woman came from California to visit for a few weeks. One day they both went to the toilet, and I was ...

Tornado Relocates Outhouse With Man Inside

I was too young to remember this tornado that struck our neighbors place a few miles from where we lived,-but I have heard this story many times. It lifted the outhouse up and carried it about a half mile and sat it down in a field. All the time the hired man was inside, scared but not ...

Three Women Fall in the Outhouse

During the course of the evening we women folks had to go to the outhouse. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law went inside and I was going to wait outside. It was cold and they told me to come inside, and as I stepped in the floor gave way and down we went, all three.Now how to get out? We ...

Smart Girl Finds Way to Unlock Outhouse

We were entertaining our friends with a Sunday night supper. Our little daughter and her little friend, both aged five, excused themselves to go to the outhouse. It was almost dark. They were gone for some time and a "blue norther" blew in with an awful force. The two little girls came running ...

Outhouse Wedding Mishap

In the fall of 1932, my date and I, and another couple, went to an old-fashioned charivari (shivaree) of our friends who had just been married.After a lengthy time of yelling, beating old tubs and pans with sticks, making the usual noises made at charivaris, my girlfriend and I went to the ...

Outhouse Was a Place to Smoke

Some outhouses had fancy lids cut to cover the holes. Some used a piece of board for a cover, and others used nothing and gave the flies immediate access. The holes varied with individual tastes. Some had different sized holes in the same outhouse. For instance, a large sized hole or a smaller ...

Outhouse Used as a Place to Hide Broken Eggs

As a child we wallpapered the outhouse with scraps and pieces left from the trimmings mother had when our home walls got a face lift.Once in a while the outhouse was a place to hide mistakes, like when forgetting the leavening out of baked goods or accidental breakage of eggs while gathering ...

Outhouse Tips Over With Girl Inside

Sure I remember the old outhouse with its Sears Roebuck catalog, and the times I nearly froze to death in the winter or the times I kept a wary eye on a wasp in the summer.At that time, no one had heard of a hay baler. All the hay was put up "loose" and either rope slings or a hay fork was used ...

Outhouse Explosion Throws Man Across Yard

This is an incident that may sound fictitious, but actually happened.Our close neighbor's wife had been doing some dry cleaning with something similar to gasoline. When she had finished she poured the excess cleaning solution down one of the holes in the outhouse. Later, when her husband John ...

Outhouse Catches on Fire

I remember our outhouse as one that was badly in need of repair. The back side (which faced the woods to the north) had two boards missing. It did get cool in there some days.My mother's sister and family were coming to visit from California. They had inside bathrooms so mom was after dad to ...

New Driver Backs Car Into Outhouse

We lived in the country, and mother had just learned to drive the car. She was a little nervous about driving the first time, but this was the day she was going to do it. She backed the car from its parking place right smack into the outhouse, knocking it from its foundation. Of course it got ...

Man Drops Flashlight Down Outhouse Hole

The first year I taught rural school we had a big blizzard in November and I couldn't drive my car to school. A few days later my Dad took me there with a team and wagon and helped me make arrangements to stay at the home of a young couple near the school. I was made to feel quite comfortable ...

Gypsies Burn Down the Outhouse

Gypsies had gone by that day and finding no one home made use of the outhouse, dropping their cigarettes in the day-old catalog paper. We had inside plumbing so we didn't need it any more. It was a good thing as a large hole was burned in the back and never seemed to be private anymore, so it ...

Girl Hits Head on Outhouse Roof

We stopped at a cemetery near a small town in South Dakota to visit relative's graves.An outhouse was on the premises, so I decided to look inside. As I went to step in, I stepped in a hole, and as I did I hit my head on the corner of the over-hanging roof. As I got to the car, I found that the ...