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Our Old Windmill

Story ID:6471
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Local History
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1930
Person:water fetching Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Our Old Windmill

Our Windmill

Just passed that old Hackberry tree
Maybe ten feet more
Was our old windmill
Thirty feet from our back door

When the wind was blowing
That old fan would spin
And I had to fetch water
For washing up, and the kitchen

Was so easy to do
When the wind did blow
On a wind less day
It was harder doncha know.

I fetched water for drinking
I fetched water for mopping the floor
Fetched it for coffee and iced tea
Fetched it to fill that old Reservoir

That hung on the side of the wood cook stove
For warm water to fill that old tin tub
Where we could soak by that wood heater
And our bodies Mom would scrub.

When the wind blew a gale
Possible that old fan might break
That windmill fan would spin like crazy
Wed stop it with the brake.

Then I would hand pump the water
For the Montgomery Ward washing machine
This took several buckets full
Just to get our overalls clean.

This fake windmill in Hemet
Brought back these memories
Of things I did when just a kid
Back in my yesterdays.

Monte L. Manka 10-31-10