Old Washing Machines and the Good Old Days

OLD WASHING MACHINES

by

Jesse Suttles

A picture of an old washing machine brought back a lot of old memories. When I was a teenager back in North East Texas.washer machine 001

My job every Saturday morning was to draw water from a 10 inch bored well. I would fill the old cast iron kettle.

Then I had to build a fire around it. When It got hot I would dip the water out and pour it into the washing machine.

Also I had to fill two other tubs that Mother would use for rinse water for her clothes. This was all out side under a tree. We didn’t have room in the house for the machine. Nor a shed to put it under.old-washing-machine-randy-harris

I can remember Mother would cut up part of a bar of “PG” soap. She would put this into the cast iron clothes pot. She would boil the clothes in the pot and then put them into the washing machine.P&G_soap_01

I guess boiling the clothes first would help get the clothes cleaner. She only boiled our work clothes that we wore working in the field. And some people talk about the “Good Old Days” I don’t want any more of them. I lived back in the Good Old Days.

I have one of the first “washing machines” ever made. It consist of what looks like a funnel turned upside down and attached to a stick about three feet long. It has a handle on the end. The funnel has some slots cut into it.

You would use this to churn the clothes in the wash pot. The water would come up through the slots. And filter out the lent. My Dad found it at a old home place in West Texas and gave it to me about 1964.

He told me that Granddad bought one of the “washing machine” for Grammother when he was a small boy. My Dad was born in 1904.

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One Response to Old Washing Machines and the Good Old Days

  1. Sandra TweattTaylor says:

    I too lived in the good old days. We had a wringer washer and #3 tubs that we would fill with water. I would help my mother put the clothes through the wringer and once I accidentally got one of my fingers stuck in the wringer. Ouch! My mothers parents moved to the city but would go to a big farm where the hens no longer laid eggs and my grandfather would buy several crates of the chickens and we would have a chicken killing time in their backyard. Everyone would pitch in and help. My grandfather would wring their necks and then dip then in hot water to get the feathers to remove easier when they were plucked then grandmother would gut and clean them in order to put them in the freezer. I remember that we had fried chicken that night and my brother who was around 4 or 5 years old loved chicken and was eating with gusto until I, the mean older sister told him where the chicken came from. He had picked out 1 or 2 of the chickens and told everyone they were his pets. Needless to say I got a spanking and my brother would not eat chicken for a long time.

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