Comments by Michelle Dunlap
Most folks nowadays consider the clothesline obsolete, but I still use mine...couldn’t live without it. Oh, the inside clothes dryer has its uses; it’s nice to have when it is raining and you simply have to do some laundry, but the result’s not the same. A dryer won’t give the clothes that fresh, outdoor smell that sun-drying will.
Yes, I still use my clothesline whenever I can, and I still hang things just like Mom taught me as a child; I’d feel guilty if I didn’t.
For all of us who are older, the following “rules” will bring back memories; for the younger ones it will add some thoughts.
1. You had to wash the clothesline before hanging any clothes. Walk the length of the line with a damp cloth around the line.
2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order. For example, always hang whites with whites, and always hang them first.
3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders, always by the tail...what would the neighbors think?
clothesline was a news forecast
Neighbors always knew
For then you'd see the fancy sheets
And towels upon the line;
line announced a baby's birth
ages of the children could
also told when illness struck,
said, "Gone on vacation now"
folks in town were scorned upon
clotheslines are almost a thing of the past
I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!
The author of the above is not known, but it is a favorite of Michelle Dunlap. Michelle lives in Ottawa, Kansas, and is a descendant of the Elk County, Kansas Freemans. Her research of that family line has enlightened many of us.