If a house in town the 1910's or 20's had only an outhouse, does that
mean that it did't have running water inside the house?
Specifically, I mean Indianapolis. About a mile or mile and a half
south of the center of town. (Which was or at least became the poor
side of town, compared to the north side.)
My mother told me that she used an outhouse when she was little, but I
guess I assumed my grandparents still had a sink in the kitchen with
city water, rather than going out to a well, or pumping in the
What say ye?
On Aug 16, 12:58 pm, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Being such a big country and given that all this
evolved over decades I would expect that there
were a variety of combinations. Nothing says that
one couldn't have added a well pump and tank
for the house without installing toilets, sewer system,
On Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:36:24 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Oh, yeah. We had that! In the 60's. I forgot. So you've all
helped complete my image of my mother's home, until she was 10 or ~13.
Her friends were moving to the north side, and she wanted to move
too, but her mother didn't want the headache of moving. Then finally
the family moved, and more than once after that. My mother just
wished they had started earlier.
Current system in this house-- Got city water in the 80's. No sign
of city sewer. [though they've been talking about widening the state
road in front of the house, for 25 years. When they get around to it,
they'll probably do sewer, too]
Our 'summer camp' when we were growing up was an 18th century
farmhouse. When it was built there was a well dug under the
kitchen, so there was probably a pitcher pump at a sink of some sort.
A 3 hole 'back'-house was built right into the building- beyond the
woodshed. That was one spoiled lady.<g>
When my mother bought our home in Indianapolis in 1957, she noticed
that some of the neighbors had bushes planted up close to the road,
and others stayed 15 or 20 feet away. She asked and learned that the
county owned the land to the farther bushes, and they might be
widening the road. 55 years later and the road hasn't budged. .
Yeah we had a septic tank and a finger system. The tank is under a
pink colored cement patio. There was an empty circle above where
they had to dig to clean the tank. My mother planted flowers. That
was good, because when they dug it up to clean, they didnt' dig in the
middle of the yard, but iIf they ever have to dig it up to replace the
tank,, they'll not be able to match the cement. I was there 4 years
ago, but the patio was covered with snow. If I'd remembered, I would
have dug down through the snow, to see if it ever had to be replaced.
In the 2nd half of the summer you could t ell where the fingers were
because that's where the grass was green. "It don't rain in
Indianapolis in the summer time."
I don't get it. Built into the building but past the woodshed?
How are both possible?
You could get there without going outside?
Yes. And it built with a neat little 'jog, so there was always
cross-ventilation through the 2 little windows. Underneath the 3
holes there was a door on one end and the crap fell into a box that
was on a sled that a horse pulled somewhere when necessary.
I guess it wasn't really a wood *shed* -- It was the room off the
There were 7 fireplace in that house-- 4 downstairs and 3 upstairs.
The wood 'shed' was the size of a 2 car garage.
Oops- *8* fireplaces. the summer kitchen was in the basement. it
had gotten muddy in 200 years, but had a flagstone floor under the
This room was built just for firewood. It had a sliding 4' door, and
2" split boards for the floor and walls--- There was some real
character in those boards.
We always called it the 'wood shed' -- but somehow, today, it seems
like 'shed' implies a separate building.
On Sat, 18 Aug 2012 22:30:11 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I didn't know that it was built on to the house. I think one reason
for the opposite impression is the expression , "Took me out to the
woodshed.", for a whuppin'. Even though the woodshed you describe
has a door on the outside, the expression gives the image of walking a
distance from the house. "Took me around to the woodshed" would
apply to a room built on to the house. So how come people say
My friend moved into his parent's farm house when they passed away. The
wood shed was attached to the kitchen and was actually almost twice as big
as the kitchen. We dropped the chimney from the old kitchen fireplace into
the house then tore down the wall between the kitchen and the wood shed,
basically tripling the size of the kitchen.
The old chimney bricks were used to repair the 2 huge stoops on the front
and side of the house.
It was a fun project.
Another interesting thing about Indianapolis is that it has two
reservoirs, one where sailboats are permitted and one where people use
motorboats. They even have a boat for tours or rides, about 75 feet
Somewhere I said that there was motorboating in the reservoir and
people didn't believe me. Maybe that was AHR. But I checked 4 years
ago and I was right.
Morse Reservoir. Geiss is for sailboats.
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