By MARLENE L. STUMPF
Sunbury News Columnist
Three quarters of a century turns out a variety of changes in one’s life. “Change happens” or we can leave it to the young to perfect. Growing up, we had horses, but that wasn’t the mode of transportation for our family. My father had a large truck to haul fruits and vegetables to the stores and restaurants between Cleveland and Madison, Ohio. Stores East of Madison—Ashtabula and Jefferson Counties were serviced by my maternal grandfather. Towards the end of World War II, we were able to get an International Station Wagon. The only other vehicle was our “tractor.” It was a 30’s Model T Ford stripped down. It never saw the road after it came to our place. My sister and I were privileged to have the windshield—unlike the one in our station wagon, it was very rectangular and flat. It had swung up and out to let air conditioning happen when attached to the Model T. Some things are best changed in order to keep the bugs out of the mouth while cruising at 30 or 40 miles per hour.
It’s hard to find now, but a good deal on a house 25 years ago, might have been one that still had an outhouse—a privy—an outside toilet without the flush. That was a needed improvement. I know, because I never saw a new house built with one out behind. The “process of elimination”found a warmer seat.
In 1980s, my dad bought a three bedroom, story and a half with a barn and a three-holer right in the town of Broughton, Ohio. It had a red tile urinal and a lower seat for the children. Before Dad turned the “laundry” room into a bathroom, he hooked up a sun lamp in the outhouse hung over his favorite hole. By the time he arrived from the house on a cold winter night, the seat was warm. Eventually, it became a bird coup. Dad raised Pigeons and Bob-White Quail for hunting. Broughton had lost its wild quail population in a huge NW Ohio snowstorm with weeks of drifting snow. A few couped-birds flew out; the residents were so happy to have their quail back, even if they hung out on the back porch. Broughton had gone from quail to change to being somewhat like it was! If you need to—ChAngE!