By Tish King, CV&T Lifestyles Editor
I am not a pack-rat. If I’m through with an item I don’t usually stash it back somewhere, I try to give it to someone, have a yard sale or give it to some charity organization. My husband, Jim, isn’t very happy when I take a notion to clean out and throw things away, he thinks we may need it at some time later on. Some things we have kept for so long that we don’t know where to look for them. My theory is that if you keep too many things, you never can find them when you need them–so why take up the space?
Like me, our society is getting to be some-what of a throw away society in that we sometimes get rid of what possibly would be a piece of history.
For instance, I still don’t think it was a good idea to get rid of the Irvine and Ravenna railroad depot stations. Unlike the clothes I can’t wear or a doo-dad I’m tired of that I might toss out, those structures were a piece of history. Those were a piece of history that children from future generations could visit and learn of their heritage.
We need to preserve our history and the legacies that those before us worked so hard to attain.
There are some pieces of history still existing today, however, I’m glad that some things are gone for most of us anyway.
For instance, the wringer washing machine. I remember my mother washing on one of those. When I was young I thought those contraptions were really dangerous and I really was afraid for her to use it, I was afraid she would run her hand or arm through that wringer. I was glad when she got an automatic washer. Even I could use that.
I remember using the old reel lawn mower–I can’t remember how long we used that before mom got a new gasoline mower.
I remember every spring I would wash down the front of the house; now everyone puts vinyl siding on their houses–but sometimes I have noticed that it also needs a good bath. Power washers came to the rescue.
I remember the old telephones, coal-burning stoves and a lot of other items from the past. A lot of people collect these things for a hobby and to just display in their homes–or maybe some of them are just pack-rats, I don’t know.
However, there are some things from the past that still exist today and are being used today, no doubt. There’s the cistern for drawing water, most people have that run into their houses today. Most people have modern conveniences. But the one legacy I’m sure people are glad to leave behind and that is the out-house. We didn’t have an out-house because I grew up in town, but many others had them, even some in the city limits. But I’m not sure about preserving that structure for prosperity. I think that idea stinks.