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"Indoor plumbing? We didn't have that until we moved on the north side of the – No, not when we were married, heavens we had to go out to the little outhouse. Yeah, and I used to scrub the thing and make it look like so clean. I really did. [Laughs.] The old Sears and Roebuck catalog would be sitting there. If you needed it, there it was."
     Question: "I'm sorry, 'needed it' for what?"
     "To wipe your butt. [Laughs.] Whatever. That's really plain, isn't it? [Laughs.] That's what it's all about. Or maybe you wanted to browse through it as you sit there, or whatever."
     Question: "Describe to someone who's never seen one what an outhouse is like."
     "Well, it's just a little shanty out there. And then we always had to dig a great big hole to set it on. And then on the inside of that little shanty, well there was holes for you to sit down on. Put your catalog, I mean, your Sears and Roebuck catalog or whatever it was you had handy with you to – Yeah. God, I tell you, those were the days I sure don't want to remember. I hated that with a passion. You know, that's what brought on constipation, and a lot of people died."
     Question: "Because they didn't want to go out there?"
     "Well they would go, but I mean – You know, it would be storming or something like that. Or snowing. Or snow blowing. Or blizzard. Oh, good Lord. I don't know how we lived to tell about it."

Mildred Opitz on Indoor Plumbing

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