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Wringer washers and living in the 1890's

Updated on July 27, 2011

I was born in the 50's but wish I would have been born in the 1890's because that is when my favorite grandmother was born and I know quite a bit about those days because of her stories. She rode her horse to school and let it graze all day long while she was there, learning in the one room school house that still stands there today. When they took a trip to the coast, which was 15 miles as a crow flies, it took them 2 days in a wagon, and I have some awesome pictures. Although life was hard and people did not live that long and died of simple infections, life was so simple and they lived happy without all the conveniences and technology. My great grandmother lived to be 96 and lived in the country in northern California, all her life after her family settled there with their 640 acre claim. I tried my best to live like them when I was a kid and visiting my Gram. My cousins and I rode horses everywhere in the valley, to the swimming hole, to each others houses, and we didn't even have a phone or a modern washing machine, we used a wringer washer. I wonder if many people had the privilege of using a Maytag wringer washer with their grandmother?

Trip to the Coast, 1880's style


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      Glenda 3 years ago

      I wish I still had mine that my grandmother gave me. I left it when I sold a house in Oregon in the 80's as we had no room for it but I always vowed I would go back for it, but never did. Life goes on...

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      Carrol Ogden61@gmail 3 years ago

      I'm looking for a ringer to wring clothes, old, by hand. Thanks, Carrol