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Week 18: Weather
May 13, 2011, 10:40 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 18. Weather. Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?


This is not weather of my childhood, but 2 very difficult times due to the weather.

We were married on January 1, 1975, in Horton, Kansas.  The day was beautiful, about 40-45 degrees, and sunny.  One of the first things my new husband did after the wedding was take all of the men in the wedding party to my house to load my piano in the truck.  Did they change out of the rents tuxedo’s, I don’t think so. “I was upset but to sick to care.” We spent our first night in my rented house there, getting up the next morning to 8″ of snow.  We were going to have to travel clear across the state, from the Northeast corner down to  Central Kansas about 75 miles from the Oklahoma boarder, with my piano, in the truck to our new home.  We had purchased a Mobile Home 14’x70′, the largest they made at that time.  We were home for the weekend.  One of the first things we needed to do was unload the piano.  The truck was backed up to the Mobile Home, and the Entry made for a very tight fit, to get a large upright piano into the house.  Now there had been enough moisture, and the house had been set in a field, and the ground was very soft.  So the truck became stuck, a neighbor came over with a 4-wheel drive truck, and  got stuck, and all had to be pulled out with a big tractor, and it almost got stuck.  To say the least, I was told that piano was not going to be moved from the house, and it wasn’t until some major remodeling had been done.

Now we are settling into our new home, with one problem.  There had not been time to get the sewer line dug and the septic tank set, and the weather had not cooperated.  Therefore we did not have an important bathroom facility. There was running water, the water from the dishwasher, sinks, and washing machine had its own drainage, and we could take a shower and bath Now for us that was a very wet year, just about the time it was almost dry enough to get the diggers in it would rain or snow again.  This went on until the first of June, then it was time for harvest and again we couldn’t get the work done.  It was a full nine months before we had a sewer line and septic tank.

This meant a walk to Grandma’s, thankful a short distance, at least twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  So weather had a definite effect on our lives the first nine months of our married live.


Our oldest son was still in diapers, so either the winter of 77/78, we had a very, very COLD winter.  Living in a Mobile Home frozen pipes is always a concern. My husband had wrapped all of the pipes under the house to prevent them from freezing.  But that winter was so COLD, the freeze line went down below 24″.  Because our water line between the pump and the house was only about 24″ down, these pipes frozen.  There is nothing you can do to dig down to the pipe as the ground was frozen, so we were without water for about 5 weeks.  I had no running water in the house, and a baby in diapers.  It made for a very interesting time.  Again we made many trips up to Grandma’s.  I was working, so no one was home during the day.  We had a 5 gallon cream can filled for drinking and cooking water.  I can still remember the night I hear water dripping in the bath tub. Which meant the spring thaw was there.  What a wonderful sound!!!! That summer the water line was dug up and layed again, putting it down 36″.  Didn’t have that problem again.

Here in Kansas we say if you don’t like the weather wait about 10 minutes, it will change.  Right now we are in a desperate need for rain.  Where I live is not in the worst but a couple of days of a nice gentle rain would be nice.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (


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