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

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Flour Sacks.

     We used flour sacks for many things. They contained about a yard of material. After emptying the flour into a large metal can, I would wash and iron the cloth. Then hem all four sides, by hand. Find a transfer pattern, iron it on one corner of the fabric, find the embroidery floss and decorate the tea towel.
     Other towels were used to store our winter supply of sausage. Most of you know how hog killing time went in the early winter months. Having cut the chunks of meat and grinding them in the old hand cranked grinder, fastened to the edge of the table, Mother would bring out the sewn little flour sacks. After the spices were added to the meat, raw, we would stuff the sacks and dip them into the paraffin pot. These were sewn shut and hooked together, to be hung in the smoke house.
     Skin was called rind, we would render out the fat from the odd pieces in the big cast iron pot, over a hot fire, that you needed to keep going all day. The pork rinds would float to the top, nice and crunchy to eat. The fat was used for all sorts of things, making soap and even to add to chicken feed in the winter.
     Other uses of sacks were to cover food. This is before there was such a thing as plastic wrap, or even plastic for that matter. Talk about feeling old, when I told my Grandchildren I could remember the first piece of plastic I saw, they said, "Are you that old?" 
     When a family member had a baby, we would save and wash up all the flour sacks for diapers.
Lou Anne Allen, Attended Moss Schools from the 3rd. - 6th. Grades.

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