Lorene Andris, Mother
First Airplane, Automobile, Radio,
Electric Appliances, Life Then
by Lorene Andris
When I saw my first airplane was in the latter part of 1918, November
after Armistice Day. Scotty, a war ace, brought his plane home to Marietta,
and he flew low over our house and landed in the field across from our
house, with the tail up in the air. He nose-dived it. Our chickens had
never seen an airplane. They all ran into the chicken house. My dad ran
over into the field to see if Scotty was alright and came back and said
"Oh, he's drunk. You can't hurt a drunk." The plane was crashed.
It was a bi-plane.
1918. Old Durward Hoag's dad, Reno, had the first automobile that I ever
Also, "when I was 12 years old, Uncle Ed [Just a cousin once removed,
her great aunt Mag's boy] wrote us a letter and told us that he had build
himself a radio and to come out next Sunday. Also wrote Uncle Jake and
Aunt Mary and said they should also come out and bring us with them. He
lived out on Rt. 26 at a little village called Sitka. He turned on his
battery operated radio and the first thing that he got was a preacher
that was talking. I got excited and thought it was God talking. He took
me out in the yard and showed me the tower and antenna and explained to
me about sound waves and how that vioce could come into that [radio].
Still, in my childish mind I thought it was God for a long time. [This
was] summer,1925. We never owned a radio until 1934. "
We never owned an electric iron until 1930. We always had outside toilets
until dad died. We moved into a flat on 4th street. Cold water in the
sink and a pull-chain toilet. I just about wore out the toilet the first
day we moved in.
No electric lights until 1925. Always had oil lamps or gas lamps.
First electric toaster about 1937. Always had a little tin contraption
that set on the stove.
We never had a refrigerator until 1937; had an icebox. The ice man drove
a team of horses and delivered the ice. Jim Flowers, Vera Ulmer's grandpa
was the iceman. He always threw me a little piece of ice for free. A drip
pan caught the drippings [from the melting ice].
We had a rugged life.
Grandma always swept the wooden floor with lye water; made it shiny and
smooth. Grandma Noe made her living in West Virginia weaving rugs and
being a midwife. She had made a 9 x 12 rug woven in strips of rags and
sown together. That was our only rug. It was inn our front room, sitting
room. We couldn't afford screens. Grandma would go to the rummage sale
and buy old lace curtains and tack them on the windows so we wouldn't
have flies on a hot summer day. Never had an electric fan until 1935.