In Part One of Old Time Technology, we discussed how our ancestors cured meat in a smoke house. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it! But in those bygone days, what rated much more paramount than a tasty ham or smoked turkey was having clean drinking water.
|See me waving from the top of an old well on the McAdoo Ranch?|
After only a few feet, the walls had to be braced to prevent a cave in. Once the shaft opening got down to the layer of water, the diggers had to keep on going, usually with someone up top manning a pump.
Only a few inches of water wouldn’t meet the family’s need.
Throughout history, man has sought ways to make his life easier. Eventually, they’d build a house right over a well and install a hand pump right in the kitchen. Having running water might win a man his special sweetheart, especially if hauling water had been one of her childhood chores.
Talk about spiffy keen! It’d been in service from the eighteen hundreds. Shame back then, Ron wasn’t interested in the history of such things, but he still talks about that water! No chlorine or fluorides, just pure, clean water straight out of the earth!
HEARTS STOLEN, book two in my Texas Romance family saga set in 1844, Henry Buckmeyer had water in the house and a wonderful bath house with a system to even warm the water. What was an extreme luxury in those days, we take for granted today, turning a faucet and soaking in a hot tub full of refreshing, rejuvenating, cleansing water!
Speaking of the Texas family saga, book eight just debuted this week! COVERING LOVE starts off in Texas, but takes its readers to the Alaskan frozen tundra, New York City's high society, the tropical paradise of Hawaii and back to the Lone Star State. Quite the deal with four romances in the one story :)
Y'all be blessed!
Bio: Caryl McAdoo loves writing stories for all ages that glorify God and is thrilled Christian fiction fits her life purpose so well. Bold not bashful, she’s quick to share the Bible principles she lives by through her characters and hopes each title ministers His love, mercy, and grace. Known as the “Singing Pray-er”—with a YouTube channel to prove it—the prolific hybrid author also loves praising Him with new songs He gives her. Her high-school-sweetheart-husband moved the family from the DFW area—home for fifty-plus years—to the woods and seat of Red River County. After Ron, Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings. The McAdoos live a few miles south of Clarksville in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State with two grandsons.
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