Archive for Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 26, 2005

I recently visited with one of our young local businessmen about the changes in our once small town. Houses are popping up in our area like toadstools after a warm spring rain.

He recalled a story (a true one). In his grandparents' day, a family in the Basehor area had to go to Fort Leavenworth for groceries and supplies. The round trip took them all day, and they would leave early in the morning and not get back sometimes after dark. No one locked their doors in those days.

But this family had a safe place for their valuables and any money when they were gone. The house is still standing and in recent years, an older couple came calling one day, asking if they could come in and see the old house once more.

They had stories to tell, of course, back to the days of the early settlers.

The little lady remarked, "Oh look it's still there," as she pointed to the little round picture that always covered the hole covering the flue hole when the stove was taken down for the summer.

Their little house had an extra flue hole and cover, and when you took that cover off, it created a nice dry safe storage cavity. A very safe place, indeed.

Those little covers, and I grew up with them as I know many of you have they are still in use today, had a spring-like extension on the back side that expanded as you inserted it into the hole to hold the picture in place -- and mainly to cover that sooty hole that carried the smoke out up to the roof to blow away in the wind.

I really enjoyed visiting with you, young man. We decided not to use any names since the house is still standing, and just maybe that's still a "safe place" for someone.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086; auntnorie@bdc.net.

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