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Date:12/21/2014 6:48:54 PM
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Grandma's House, Part I
We literally went over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's House. Of course it was over Devereaux's Crick and woods were everywhere but still . . .
Grandma Truckey's house had originally been a blacksmith's shop. When the peripatetic Truckeys settled at Stiles Junction they bought that building and the tavern across the road from it. Grandma lived in that house from 1922 until her death in 1978. It never had running water. Even as a teenager in the 1970's, I would fill two pale green plastic five-gallon containers with water from our well and Pa would drop them off at his mother's. Grandma's house had four rooms, a kitchen, a living room, and two bedrooms. It also had an attached shed which served as storage and an enclosed outhouse. It also had a cellar, but due to the high water table in that area, it was usually flooded. I never had the guts to explore that cellar. It was probably just as well.
Grandma's house was nestled in a little valley enclosed by raised ground for the highway just to the west and a raised railroad grade immediately north of it. A little cracked blacktopped road ran immediately south of it. She had a little patch of lawn west of her house and a scrap of garden and a stand of poplar to the east. In the hottest days of summer her house was cooled by the massive cottonwoods that surrounded it. As big brother Tommy reminded me, when we kids were allowed to stay overnight at her house during summer vacation we would go to sleep lulled by the whiz of cars and trucks on the highway and the rustle of wind in the trees and awaken to see the shadows of leaves playing on the roof and walls of the bedrooms. More on Grandma's House next time. --Gary
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