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READERS' FEEDBACK: Implements, Harry Potter & ASSIGNMENT

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here is gratified at the terrific response to the column "Little known implements." One reader who moved south even offered to send me her old mittens and gloves to keep me warm in this frozen northland. For the original column see: http://www.dearmyrtle.com/05/1128.htm. Here is a smattering of your comments, followed by an ASSIGNMENT for everyone.

From: Marlena
DearMYRTLE,
I have a two-piece cast iron ruffler. The top part is curved and fluted, whereas the bottom is flat and fluted. One heated it on the coal or wood stove and then put a piece of material between the two halves, rolled the top over the bottom and Voila! ruffles on your clothes. I also have the pieces of a still my grandmother-in-law used to make whiskey during prohibition, but we won't go into that too deeply. And a brush cut and curved to fit into a cream separator from the days when people milked more or less by hand. And a wooden hay fork with a very long handle to put hay on a wagon before the days of balers. And a milk can from the days before bulk tanks. And last of all, 2 very sharp camel nose plugs, for guiding said camel when one is riding it.

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From: DeLoris
DearMYRTLE,
As a child I churned many churn s full of butter. I am 74 years old and I was born and raised on a farm, where if one did not work, one did not eat. We did not have electric until I was 16 years old. I loved my farm life. Keep your column coming, it is salve to my soul.

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From: EGood64137@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
Old "STUFF" -- The All-Bran muffin recipe on the back of the box of Kellogg's(?) All Bran. My chore was to make muffins each week to go with Saturday's home baked beans and brown bread! The trigger-like shifting gear on the steering wheel of the 1936 Terraplane automobile. The butter churn, of course. The "ski-skates" which were about 20 or 30 inches long that would strap onto your shoes so you could ski on the sidewalk in the winter. Remember the rabbit-skin mittens? Guess you can tell, I grew up in the cold northeast part of the country! -- Good luck with your list, there are bound to be many memories stirred at your request.

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From: Dolly
DearMYRTLE,
I enjoyed this column so much! (Although we live in Maryland now, we are Montanans. And very familiar with s**w and i*e.) No household implements have been passed down, sorry to say. Mementoes? My granddaughter probably still has doll clothes made from flour sacks about 1944. Interesting memories? On a rural farm, I do remember my mother ironing clothes with a heavy iron (made of iron!) heated on the wood stove, and watching her refill the kerosene lanterns. But thousands of folks my age will have those same memories. Years ago, I bought a reproduction 1897 Sears, Roebuck catalog. It's fascinating to browse -- gift idea for your favorite genealogist?

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From: Jknitl@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
LOL There are a plethora of items this latest generation can't even fathom. Like, why would one ever watch a black and white TV. Many don't know what a 5 and 1/4 inch floppy disk is, and soon won't know why we had the smaller floppies.

How about a hand cranked meat grinder? Or a pastry cutter? A meat cleaver? I'll bet I have more things in the kitchen the kids don't recognize as having any purpose than things they do recognize. If it can't be nuked, why would you want it? Yet I tossed out an old microwave popcorn popper the other day and was asked what it was.

A zillion and one things more I could list, but I'm tired of typing!

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From: Terry
DearMYRTLE,
I loved your story. Just think, you will be ready to go to Alberta [Canada] once you go through boot camp in northern Utah. We had a high school buddy and family that lived across the tracks on a hill in the 1950s, mid century past. They had milk cows and hogs back then. They lived in a wood boarded rental house that had one layer of lumber, no inside walls covering and a pot-belly stove in the middle of the house/living room. That was a warm spot to churn the butter in, as the cold wind whistled through the wall, as they were living on the top of a north-facing hill.

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From: Cis1052@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
I do love the ideas that you throw out and we respond to. Thanks for including us in your quests. Happy Thanksgiving. My favorite is the small corn cobs that were used in the outhouses. And you know what for.

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From: Mary Finley
DearMYRTLE,
Alas! Opportunity passed me by in an antique shop about five years ago. My beloved father and his father before him had an ice business. In that shop sat ICE TONGS, not the bitty tongs in an ice bucket, but those big black iron tongs that gripped [huge] blocks of ice. I said "That's not an antique"! (Translated... "I remember Daddy's ice tongs very well, and anything I remember CAN'T be an antique!") I would love to borrow Hermione's "Time Turner" to purchase those ice tongs.

DearREADERS,
Your recollections of days gone by have touched my heart and made me giggle. Wouldn't we all wish for Harry Potter's side-kick Hermione's necklace charm, to turn back the hands of time to those happy moments of our past.

OK, now here's your ASSIGNMENT

PLEASE write one paragraph of your recollections of the past and share it:

  • via email with younger generations
  • via email with your siblings to get a conversation going
  • by placing it in notes in your genealogy program under YOUR name.

The folks who've written for today's column are a step ahead of every else. Each can just copy/paste his/her paragraph and distribute this as ol' Myrt here has requested.

PS. The link at Amazon.com to the reproduction 1897 Sears Catalog mentioned by Dolly is:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0791046265/102-0699060-8677720?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance
If you like, it also comes bundled with an 1895 Monkey Ward (ooops.... Montgomery Ward) Catalog.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
DearMYRTLE,
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