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Forum topic by Alexander posted 12-28-2009 04:05 AM 1152 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2009 04:05 AM

I was talking with a friend about getting old wood for project and he told me about an “Out house” on a farm nearby that I might be able to get.

As we talked about the out house I raised the question , “why two holes”? He did not have and answer and I don’t have one either. Why were some of the out houses equiped with two holes?

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.


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#1 posted 12-28-2009 07:56 AM

Back a few generations ago family’s used to have ten or twelve kids.
Need I say any more?

Taigert

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#2 posted 12-28-2009 08:57 AM

When I was a kid, my Grandma and Grandpa had an old two-holer on their place. In the corner they had 2 boxed of corn cobs…...... brown ones and white ones. You’d use a brown one, then a white one to see if you needed another brown one…..... lol.

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 09:25 AM

Yeah, big families, plus threshing crews of 15 to 20 men. All the other harvesting crews were a bit smaller, but you still might have 8 or 10 to stack hay.

When my grandparents got indoor plumbing, my granddad said, “S—- in the house?? I’m not gonna S—- in the house!!” He didn’t until the dairy authority made them tear down the out house when he was nearly 80.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 06:37 PM

Interesting so far. I can see how two woman may go to the outhouse together, when they are out to dinner in a group they go in pairs and sometime three & four. Safety in a group?

But when was the last time two men got up to go to the rest room (or outhouse) together?.

The only reason I can think of is in the winter or at night a older child may take a younger child out to the outhouse.

So far I don’t think we have heard from anyone who used the outhouse to know the real reason.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#5 posted 12-28-2009 07:50 PM

Greetings:

Several years ago we were up in Colorado on vacation at Lake Erwin, outside of Crested Butte, up on the mountain. I was looking for a good trout hole to fish in, and I saw a two-story outhouse back in the woods by an old farm house. You can you imagine a 2 story outdoor crapper? I ask a game warden about this, cause I’d never heard of or seen one. He said they used the top hole when the snow gets so deep, you can’t get in the bottom one…... Up there the snow can get to 10-20 feet deep. Don’t get caught on the bottom one….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 09:13 PM

It was a whole different culture when they were in common use. Same as having 2 or 3 in a bed instead of 1 to a bedroom :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-28-2009 09:37 PM

There is a Place called Kings Landing near Fredericton NB and they have all kinds of old building all restored ,houses ,barns, etc. and they have a out house kind of round and quite large and if I remember right they have 8 to 10 holes it must have been like a party house afar the people had their supper.
It is a very nice place to visit “not the out house” but the village they have people living in all summer and cooking their meals like the old days.

http://bing.search.sympatico.ca/?q=Kings%20Landing&mkt=en-ca&setLang=en-CA

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 09:49 PM

That reminds me of visiting one of the historical western forts where they had a 20 or 24 holer. They said the pit was the best archeological digs on the grounds. It was full of “treasurers” lost and never retrieved ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 12-28-2009 10:04 PM

I wonder what they used for paper I did not see any old new paper lol

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 10:44 PM

My Granddad used to tell of a girl that was hired to work in the local general store when toilet paper first came out. She was told to try to substitute if the desired item wasn’t in stock. A customer asked for toilet paper. She told them they didn’t have any toilet paper, but they had sand paper.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 11:09 PM

Its dual-purpose functionality was one thing that helped to make the Sears-Roebuck catalog such a popular marketing concept in the rural out-back (home). Back in those days the paper wasn’t so slick.

And yes, I do know that from personal experience. We did have a two-holer out back, and yes, sometimes there was full occupancy.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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