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B.J. Fudge remembers pioneer washings in olden days

Plus corollary memory of advance in platform for kettle with advent of quart motor oil cans, and demise of invention when metal oil can use was abandoned

By Billy Joe Fudge

I remember my folks heating water outdoors over an open fire in the old three-legged black kettle in the 50's and early 60's. That old kettle got a lot of use for heating water, rendering lard, making lye soap, etc.

I remember when the three legs were set on stones to put the kettle high enough off the ground to make room for a fire. My grandmother made a giant leap forward past rocks by sticking the legs into the large hole in the top of empty, quart motor oil cans. This method had to be abandoned, however, when the industry started making the quart cans out of a treated paper product instead of metal..

I guess most folks my age remember having to penetrate the top of motor oil cans with a spout that cut a hole into the top of the cans. B.J. Fudge
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