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Pigs Cause Embarrassing Scene at Outhouse

When I was growing up on a Kansas farm about 50 years ago, outhouses were the going thing. Ours was a regular one seater with a Sears catalogue, but some were two seaters, with an actual roll of tissue and fancy cut-outs in the door. Like us, our friend Vern had a small one out back. He also ...

First Jet Flies Over Outhouse

Here is my story about the "little house out back." As we all know there weren't any "jets" during WWII. They came right after the war was over. One day I was sitting in our "little outhouse out back," my cares forgotten and deep in thought, when the first "jet" I had ever seen or heard ...

Chicken Makes Nest in the Outhouse

Years ago usually everyone had one holers. One fellow decided he'd build a two holer. His neighbor wanted to be better so he built a three holer. One day he went in to use it and he had gotten to the third hole as the others were "well used." Suddenly he jumps out "with his pants down" ...

Hide and Go Seek the Outhouse

The most embarrassing outhouse experience I had occurred when I was twelve years old. I was attending a little one-room rural school, where outhouses for boys and girls were discreetly erected some distance from each other, and also from the schoolhouse. It was during the noon recess. The ...

Breaking a Bad Habit

Just wanted to write to you about an experience I had as a child about an old outhouse. Seems after I got in bed every night I had to go to the outhouse. So, I guess my parents thought it was unnecessary every night as mom took me out before she put me to bed. Dad was a joker anyway and he ...

Truth or Dare in the Outhouse

I was about nine years old when this occurred around 1911. I lived with my parents, sisters and brothers. We walked the mile and three quarters to our country school every day. Our schoolhouse was built near the east end of the school lot. The boys' outhouse was built in the southwest corner ...

Invisible in the Outhouse

About 38 years ago we moved to a small farm in Arkansas. The "little brown shack" sat facing the highway. Our three-year-old son would go to the "potty" and leave the door open. I told him when cars passed the people could see him sitting there and he said, "No, they can't see me 'cause when I ...

Play Parties and Games on Kansas Homestead

As I am an old-timer, I want to tell about old-time play parties. They were enjoyed by young and old and were our main source of entertainment. Usually young men or women in the neighborhood, looking for diversion and entertainment, would hit on the idea of a party. They would ride a horse or ...

Christmas Program: Priorities on North Dakota Homestead

In the early 1900s my family, with its two small boys, lived on a farm on a North Dakota homestead. Spending our first vacation in Iowa with our parents in the old farm home at Christmastime was a great joy to us. We arrived the day before Christmas, so we could be present for the Christmas ...

Simple Pleasures on a South Dakota Homestead

Born in Europe, Grandpa Henry Boese came to America with other Mennonites. He and his wife homesteaded between Freeman and Marion, South Dakota. That South Dakota homestead was a source of much simple joy and fulfillment. They lived in an unusual house – a house joined to a barn. The ...

Rodeo Fair on a Western Colorado Homestead

A neighbor came by our farm telling us, newcomers to a western Colorado homestead, about the county fair. We fixed a picnic dinner and went. All the families spread their dinners together. People came up and introduced themselves and shook hands. No strangers-it was wonderful. There were ...

The Mystic Medicine Show on the Homestead

A medicine show came to our town often in a wagon with gaudy painted sides and a back that let down to form a stage. The medicine man always had entertainers who sang, danced and played musical instruments, but all he did was hawk his wares. He always put on a good spiel; his medicine, he ...

Baby Swap on the Homestead Near Marysville, Kansas

The Hutchinson Mill on the east side of the Big Blue River near Marysville, Kansas, was replaced with a new and larger mill in 1867. And that new mill was to be the scene of one of Marshall County Kansas most memorable nights, a night when a homestead prank involved a baby swap. Plans were ...

Early Church Services in Baileyville, Kansas

In the early '80s before any church had been built in Baileyville, Kansas, the people met in the schoolhouse for worship. Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists took turns.One time the Baptist pastor could not come so sent a layman to hold services. When the meeting opened there wasn't a Bible ...

Fourth of July on Homestead Logging Roads

One glorious Fourth of July early in this century will alwaysremain in my memory. We lived in a sawmill town where the log trains brought the big pine logs from the forest to be sawed into lumber, which was stacked to dry, planed, then loaded into boxcars for shipping. This was a company-owned ...

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