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Great Stories about growing up in the Horntown, Oklahoma area!

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Before Antifreeze

     In the early 50's before the use of antifreeze was common in cars, trucks and tractors, we used to have to drain not only the radiator, but the block as well to keep them from freezing and ruining the radiator or engine..  It there was going to be a light freeze you just drained the radiator, but if it was to be a heavy freeze you drained both the radiator and block.  It was just standard maintenance on water cooled engines during those days.
     One cold wintery day a city fellow from out of state stopped by the Horntown store to fill up with gas. He asked my dad to add some antifreeze to his radiator. Since no one used antifreeze in our area we didn't stock it. When my dad told the customer we didn't stock antifreeze, he became very indignant and asked what the country hicks in this part of the country used to keep their radiators from freezing up.
     My dad, without hesitating, replied "Why we all use well water in every thing around here."  The city fellow dropped his jaw and allowed how this wouldn't do much good. My dad, without cracking a smile, said "Well now, you never have seen a frozen well have you?"  The fellow left shaking his head over this bit of logic. He probably didn't figure it out till he was way past Calvin.
Jerry Summy, Class of '62

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