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A. Varesano interviewing Anna Timko
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Tape 16-2

needed space for it to come up, you know, and go down. It used to do a good
job on it. So then, when was it, yeah, it was in 1928 when I got it, and then
I was washing on that, we were using, you know, the washer then. So than I
had that washer for forty years. It was before Agnes was born. And Agnes is
gonna be forty-five, I guess, now, on the second of July, so it must be five
year, I guess, since I have this other one. I still could have used that one
if I could have got the part for it. But it broke, and I couldn't get that
part for it. First the hose went bad on it, and they took just a part of a
hose from a water hose, you know, and they connected it and they repaired it,
but that didn't last too long. Then we tried to get a part, and they weren't
making then, it was so old, and they weren't making them any more.

AV: What happened to it?

AT: Well, my husband sold it to . And when my daughter-in-law came, she
says, What'd you's do with it? She said, didn't I tell you, she says, to save
it for me? She was so angry, well not angry, but I mean she make believed she
was angry, you know! But we did away with it, and she wanted that, because
she goes for antiques - Any old thing! She likes everything! So then we,
well, one time my some was home before that, and I had it, like in the summer-
time, see I keep it there, and in the wintertime I keep it in there, because
now I have my other washer in there, too,see I can drag it out on the porch
and I do my wash there, because it's more handy for me, I can slobber or any-
thing! In the winter I keep it in the other room, because I can't wash outside,
so I wash over there. So, Mike come home one day, and he says, Why, you
still have this washer? He says, You know you can get a lot of money, he says
for that copper. I says, Mike, money won't do the wash for me, copper will,
I says, the tub will, because it's in there, that'll do it for me. And then
when Eileen came and found out that my husband took it apart and he took the
motor out of it, and he sold that stuff to the junk man, and I don't know
what he did with the motor, did he sell the motor to the junk man, too, or
203 what he did with it I don't know.

AV: My goodness! Well, now what did you use for soap?

AT: Well, we used to buy soap, but we made soap, too.

AV: How did you do that?

AT: Oh, don't ask me today how we used to do that. Used to do it with lard, some-
how, we used to old lard, you know, used lard?

AV: How did you get the lard?

AT: Well, stuff that you would be cooking, you know, with lard, we used to buy
lard, use a lot of yard- uh, lard- yeah yard! Lotta lard! And when we were
through, well we didn't throw it out, but we would save it. And you would get
lye, I guess you know what that is, you still can but it now in cans yet. I
don't remember exactly, now. You used to melt the fat, and then you'd put the
lye into it, and I think water...(her phone rings).

AV: We were talking about the soap, how you made soap.

AT: Yeah. So, I'm not sure. I know it was the grease, used grease, and lye we'd
put into it, and I think there was a portion of water goin' into that. And
then, I don't remember, I think we didn't cook that. We just made the grease
hot, and I believe you pour the lye into - well, it does get hot even when you
pour the lye in it, you know, but I think, well, you had to melt the grease.
And I don't know what portion of water you used to put into it. And then let
it harden. Then you'd cut it up in pieces. But that was strong, that was
217 hard on the hands.

AV: What did you use it for?

AT: Clothes. For washing.

AV: Did you wash yourself with it?

AT: Oh, no. No. That would be too strong for washing yourself. Even, you know

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