More from the journals of my great-grandfather concerning the stories his parents told
of the Old Country – Maria Glock Bauer/Bower lived 1810 – 1878:
“My mother (Maria Glock), born also in Wirtemberg [sic], small town Hoeneck (High
Corner) as a corner of the town was up on a rise… The Hoeneck lay at the bank of Necker
River came from (Schwartswald) Black Forest and entered in the Danube River and near
Ludwicksburg being the County seat or (oberamt Sat).
“Mother would tell us how they had to work while going to school and in later years
when wash-day would come, they would take the clothes down to River and do the washing
there to save packing the water up to their homes and mother yet had the idea or habit of
washing the clothes in lukewarm water was much better than to make it hot for the first
washing. Kept the clothes whiter.
“And so many at the river at same time would have big jolly times and the men folks
had so many shirts, from 20 up to 50 or 100 and underwaer accoringly. Home spun and made
after raising the flax, ratting scutching, and hackeling it. I heard a neighbor woman tell
mother one day, while visiting, that she worked at a place or home where they had as much
linen, sheets, pillow-slips, towels, underwear, etc., as to fill an ordinary bedroom. That
would make a wagon load and the reason for having so many shirts or so much linen was so
they not need to go wash so often. Some 3 or 4 times a year.
They could go and help men folk on the farms as the farms are mostly cut up into lots.
This much linen takes lots of care or work to keep from going mouldy or turning brown
yellow… " I just thought the details of everyday living were interesting. Makes these people more real.