From My Mother's Notes

 Phyllis Fricker's Memory Book


My Mother's Paternal Grandmother

 Grandma Faulkner & Phyllis Fricker

copper boiler
 Everything was washed by hand in a huge, galvanized washtub on a scrub-board with Fels-naptha soap. The clothing was then rinsed in another tub, put through a hand-wringer and then hung out to dry. There was also a huge copper boiler which she used to boil white articles such as sheets and pillow cases, with bleach to make them snowy white. The back-kitchen would be filled with clouds of steam, then she would fish the articles out with a long round pole and transfer them to the rinsing tub.
    Wash day was a long and busy day requiring a lot of physical strength - washing, rinsing, wringing and hanging. Not to be compared with today's ease of automatic washers and dryers. A woman's reputation was judged by the whiteness of her wash. No drip drys or wash and wear then. No easy synthetics - but pure cottons, linens and wools.


Percy Kenneth Brock | Valparaiso, Indiana | Cadillac, Grand Rapids & the Stock Market Crash | 
Mabel Evelyn House
 | Family jokes | Mabel passes | Mary Faulkner | Farm Life | 
The well-equiped kitchen
 | An old-fashioned wash day | Goose feather beds | "I 'ope he don't bust!" | 
In the good old Summertime
 | A daring escape | Black Diphtheria | Frank Faulkner | 
Aunt Clara & Uncle Bill
 | Aunt Hilda |