I Remember When . .
The Watkins Man
| Watkins products were sold door to door. In rural
Oklahoma that was a lot of traveling. You would buy what he had or order
and wait two weeks for the next delivery.
Grandma would order all sorts of items from the Watkins Man. He carried food products, spices, extracts and flavors, medicinal preparations, toilet articles, soap products, household aids and stock and poultry preparations.
I remember one item, it was concentrated root beer in a little glass bottle. You would add it to a tall glass of good cool water. She also ordered clear jell capsules and filled them with sulfa powders, as a medical treatment, if she felt ill.
Older folks always fascinated me. They had so many stories and were more than willing to share them. When Grandma passed away, I was told I could have a choice of two items that belonged to her. I chose her Watkins Cookbook and a set of Iris Herringbone pitcher and six glasses. The cookbook, of course, calls for many of the Watkins products, like their own baking powder and vanilla. The pitcher has survived fifty four years. Though we lived close to her for only four years, I shall always treasure the experience, and enjoy her stories and pass them on to the next generation. I encourage everyone to talk to the older members of their family, spend time listening, go with them to the places that they grew up.
I flew back to Oklahoma in the 1970's, took my Mother and Aunt to the areas they grew up and to all the cemeteries where our ancestors were buried.
They are all gone now, but I have the memories of the long talks and laughter we shared.
Lou Anne Allen, Attended Moss Schools from the 3rd. - 6th. Grades.