The Morea Patch Water Supply


Water to the patch was supplied by two pumps. One was located in the center of the patch. The second at the far end of Morea.

Water had to be hauled daily and everyone had to help. While the men in the family were at work, that is my father, Mike and Felix, it was a chore relegated to older children. My brother Marty, Mary, and later Margaret and I helped.

Water was hauled via of a pole which was carried over the shoulders. A pall of water was carried at each end. It was very exhausting. We needed water for cooking and drinking, for washing our bodies and clothes, and also for our animals. During the winter our skirt bottoms would became wet and would freeze causing a crackling sound as we walked.

When the men returned home from work they hauled water for their daily baths. First the water was heated on the stove. The men would first shed their upper garments and wash their upper bodies. In the summer the long shanty that ran parallel to the house was used for this ritual. As children we loved to be called upon to wash our fathers back. Then the residual water was emptied into a tub. Additional warm water was added. The children were shooed from the room, as the men undressed and bathed the rest of their bodies. In Fall and Winter, the shanty was very cold and all bathing had to be done in the kitchen. All dirty clothes were left in the shanty where they would be washed the following day.