Enough for You?
It's averaging over 100
here in Texas. Do you remember how it was before most homes had air conditioning?
We'd sit on the porch,
fanning ourselves, sipping iced tea or lemonade to keep cool. Cool being
a relative term. It wasn't cool by todays standards but it did prevent
Almost no home constructed
in the last 30 years includes a porch suitable for inviting neighbors over
to sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
Most kids today have
never seen a screen porch. Do you remember trying to get to sleep on a
hot muggy night. As kids, we lay there telling stories; wearing just enough
to not be naked. Using a wet wash cloth or even wet sheets in an effort
to get cool enough to sleep.
You don't have to tell me about the "Good Ol'
Don't remind me of a hot
outhouse with buzzing wasps, spiders, splinters and an odor that made you
want to keep the door open.
I love porcelain and running water!
Sequoyah in the 1950s,
was a modern facility compared to most of rural Oklahoma. For some of us,
Sequoyah was our first experience living with indoor plumbing, electric
lights and a laundry where we didn't have to haul water, scrub our clothes
by hand and hang them on a line to dry.
Many of us came from
homes deep in the woods. Carried water from a spring or creek for drinking,
cooking and a bath in a wash tub about once a week. We cut fire wood for
heat and cooking. Used coal oil (kerosene) lamps for light and lived off
the land as much as possible. A milk cow, chickens and a hog pen were vital
parts of our lives before Sequoyah.
Us old folks
love to tell the youngsters how good they have it compared to the old days,
but if the truth were spoken, none of us would really like to go back to
the old days except for an occasional weekend at the lake. Even then, it's
only a reminder of the way it once was. We now have campers, ice chests,
bottled water and still sneak off for quick meal at the closest fast food
restaurant if we don't feel like cooking.
As long as you're sitting
at your computer with the thermostat turned way down, tell me what you
remember about the "Good Ol' Days." Don't be bashful, just write it the
way it was. Grammar and spelling can be fixed so don't let that stop you.
Seq~ Class of 1960
Fannae Homer Shields
Remembers . . .
The simple life...had more interaction with
friends and time to share....few cars and techology toys, phones and for
sure no computers in every home....LOL
This is a neat concept...and I pulled a few pictures to recall a
few thoughts for you:
My youngest memories are from living in South
Dakota with a creek running in the back of our house, where we children
would go to play. Our 'outhouse' was the only one with a built in
light....my mother was afraid at night to go there, so my father ran wires
from the house to the outhouse and put in a pull chain light for her.
After my short time on Wheelock and Sequoyah campus'
my mother then divorced and remarried, joined the three of
us children and settled in Hugo. We lived in a converted older house
apartment while our new house was being build.
The new 2 bedroom, 1 bath house had
a window fan that took up the whole frame of the window in the dinning
area.....during the summer it saved us from the heat as we would open windows
of the house and the fan pulled the air all through the house with a breeze
plus my younger sister made a dirt place [play] house outside under the
fan which kept the area cool and the house shade made it just right for
her dolls and friends to enjoy. We enjoyed the big shade trees
located in the wooded area behind the house too.
Our house in the late 40s had plumbing and inside
running water. I recall Saturdays having to get up early to start
the family weekly washing using a wringer washer . . . once I thought I may
have broken my arm when it got caught in the rollers and took my arm through
up to my shoulder . . . when I yelled, my mother came and removed the catch
to seperate the two rolls and I pulled my arm out . . . a couple of bruses
was all I suffered . . . my mother was a nurse . . . so, after checking my arm
she told me to finish the wash . . . LOL . . . which included hanging them all
out on the line in the back yard to dry.
When the cool of the evening came, the folks often
sat out front and neighbors often joined them with ice tea or cool water
to visit while we children often played a game with a ball throw over the
house and then ran around the other side to hit someone on the other side
of the house [Annie! ~ Over!] . . . or, we may start a flag football game in the back yard
if there where enough for two teams . . . other times we moved our game of
softball a little further into the lot behind our house and enjoyed that
until it was too dark to see the ball. Climbing the trees and playing
among the shade trees further back was always a good time too.
Come Sundays was neat for us as a family
as often after church we were taken out to eat before we returned to the
house. I started sewing my own clothes at the age of 6 which
gave me the advantage of wearing a new dress almost every week to church
then of course to school.
The good ole days were good
for me as modern equipment came along my step-father allowed my mother to
buy them and that made my house chores easier for me to complete.
It wasn't until I went off to Chilocco to school
that I became thankful for the advantage of all that my parents provide
for the 5 children they raised. I think we 5 believed we were just
'poor folks' in town . . . then I heard of the situations other students had
at home then realized while we may not have had as much as some in Hugo
we did have more than others!
Fannae Homer Shields ~ attend
Seq. 1st grd. 1949
Jackie Lehman Remembers .
Charles, we moved from Phoenix Ariz to Seq.
Voc. School in Aug 1940, I believe. Our house in Phoenix was cooled
with a swamp cooler which Daddy made and stuck in the window. We
had a whole house of our own.
When we got to Seq.Voc. Schl. and found
that the promised house was not forthcoming, we were not too happy.
But I imagine the Websters, over whom we lived in that old two story house
to the HomeEc bldg.], were even less happy than we were with
our living arrangements.
We five kids slept on the porch of that
old house. There was no heating or cooling for the porch except what
Nature sent us.
The rest of the house was divided into two
rooms, one was the kitchen and dining room, the other was the "front room"
where our parents slept. I remember that there was one closet in
the house, not very large either.
We were at the end of the sidewalk,
down from units A, B, and C. Sometimes the boys in the buildings
up from us would roll large tires down the hill. Never hit any of
We used a kerosene stove in that old wooden
house. Thank God it never caught on fire. We had steam
heat, of course, and an ice box with ice delivery when we needed it.
I thought the campus was beautiful, as it
was filled with trees and daffodils bloomed down the sidewalk from the
little girls building to Cherokee Hall.
I have good memories and bad ones of Sequoyah, and I dream of it
Jackie Lehman Davidson
~ Daughter of 1940-60s Seq. Teacher, Lawrence
Alfred Berryhill Remembers
. . .
I had an uncle that had MS (multiplesclerosis)
and during the summer we would put his bed out on the porch and put a fan
on him. I was just a boy and my dad, uncle and aunt were on the porch
when they noticed that I was up to something. I was told later what
they said. One of them asked, “What’s he up to?” The other responded,
“I don’t know.”
We lived on the Church ground and
like most Indian Churches, we had camp houses. We used one to cook
in and the other was where my uncle lived. Since, there had been
a lot of traffic between the two camp houses, a sandy trail lie between
They saw me cover something
up on the trail. Our grass was in need of cutting. They saw
me lay in the grass and they said you could barely see my stomach.
Every now and then I would raise my head and look towards the camp
where we cooked. Then they said they could see my belly moving as
if something was funny. Finally, when I looked again, I saw this
cat coming. They put two and two together and they knew I was after
It was one of those 110 degree days and
as I lay there, I could see the cat coming with his tongue out, tail down
and walking at a real slow pace. Just as it got to where I had covered
a hose with sand, I blew on the hose; dust flew and the cat was scratching
at air and making that sound when it’s mad. I laughed my head off
and so did my audience.
Alfred Berryhill ~ Class
Timothy Jim Remembers . .
I wasn't born until 1961 but I can relate
to some of the things you mentioned. We lived in the country and had no
running water or electricity. We had to pump water from a well and also
used kerosene lanterns.
I can still remember the stench of
the "outhouse". For years I thought the JC Penney catalog was only made
It wasn't until 1970 that we moved
into town and experienced running water. We still didn't have AC. I didn't
live in a place with AC until I went to Sequoyah.
The good ole days. Back when we only took
a bath once a week whether we needed it or not. I think we used a number
nine tub for baths. The other tubs were for our feasts when we cooked our
corn soup and frybread.
Our cook stove was an old wood stove unit.
My grandma preferred cooking outside during the hot season.
Yeah, the good ole days; I don't miss the times,
only the people. All my folks are all gone. I would trade what I have now
to get my folks back in a minute. But they wouldn't come back. Not to this
present world. Jesus is coming soon and we will all be together again.
Timothy Neil Jim ~
Class of 1979