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Week 53: WINNER!! BEST DEPICTION OF HISTORICAL VALUE.

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Last Weeks Picture: Lawrence County Covered Bridge; Located on the Ronald Bradley Property, around Yatesville.

Submitted by: Beth Bradley

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Weekly feature ...by U.C. "Liss" Jones

 

As I mentioned in an earlier article, I talked about not many folks in The Bottom having running water in their houses in the late 40s. Also I spoke of having to carry water for cooking, drinking, clothes washing (when rainwater was not available), canning food and other things from Blackberry Lane and Third Street to Oak Street and Third Street. Depending on what activity was taking place that was a long trip for an adult and much worse for a 9 year old kid while carrying a full 10 quart water bucket.

I was really happy when Dad announced that a water well drilling rig would be there the next week to drill us a water well….WOW…no more carrying water…just go out side and start pumping or just turn on the faucet and an electric pump would do the rest…you talk about excited….I was….both for not having to carry water and that fresh water would be available all the time.

On the appointed day the drilling rig arrived…it was not what I had imagined…it was just a plain REO with a funny looking tower thing on it… The tower was adorned with a large steel wheel on the top and steel cables running every where. There was a motor mounted on the bed of the truck…in my mind I could not understand why a truck needed another motor. Stacked on one side of the truck was some tubular looking metal things….about 4 of them about 6 feet long, each had a threaded top and a receiver end…except one…and all it had was a threaded top and one end came to a point of sorts. I could not quite figure out what was all this stuff was or what was going on.

After the truck was in position and was jacked up and blocks of wood was placed under the truck’s frame…motor on the truck bed started and slowly the tower thing started rising up…wow this was a first for me. When the tower thing was straight up and down…the wheel on top of the tower started to roll and a cable started to move towards the ground…what now? When the cable got to the truck’s bed level one of the workers grabbed the cable and screwing the tubular looking thing on to the cable…I had to ask….he called it a drill bit…OK…now I know and the other ones…extensions to the drill bit..., and they were solid iron.

Soon a chug…chug…chug…thud…chug…chug….chug…thud…the bit would rise then fall to the ground…each time the bit went deeper and deeper into the ground. After about a day…the bit was pulled out of the ground and stuck into a fire pit…now what…I thought? After the bit was red hot….the workers pulled it out and started hitting the bit’s end with a sledge hammer…come to find out that they were sharpening the bit…an act that took place more often as the bit went through rock and more firmly packed dirt. After about 4 days…the bit fell a few feet and came out wet…meaning it had struck water…my dreams come true…our own water well.

Only one more step and that was to install the well’s casing…AKA a 6 inch diameter pipe was driven down into the well…done…what is that smell…sorta like rotten eggs…but where was it coming from? Final test…down the well went a “bucket” a 4 inch diameter, 3 foot long piece of metal that when dropped into the well would fill with water and hold the water inside until released…up to the top came the bucket…and it’s contents were emptied into a water bucket…tasting time. Dad was the first to taste it…I could tell something was wrong by the way he spit the water out and frown on his face…truth had set in….SULPHER water….a dream shattered. That meant three things…one, all that work for nothing…two, the well was useless and the water could not be used for anything and three….carrying water would continue…another dream….perhaps some time The Bottom will get city water….ye think???

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Last weeks picture: (left) The Grover Caperton home, his wife, Minerva Caperton (in the apron) is shown in the front yard. The house sat on the Big Sandy river bank on the street behind the courthouse, straight across from the jail. Mr. Caperton operated a plumbing business in this house. In its early years the house was a civil war house, used as slave quarters. In later years it was the post office. The picture was taken around 1948-1949. It was torn down and some one took the bricks and built a small house over next to the Freewill Baptist Church. Frankie (Frances Rae) Frazier Pelfrey is the Granddaughter of the Capertons. Another relative, Tommy Joe Caperton, still lives in Louisa. The bottom picture is shown, as viewed from the river landing.

Top Picture: Submitted by: Frankie (Frances Rae) Frazier Pelfrey/Nina Jean (Pelfrey) Fraley.


Bottom Picture: Lawrence County Landmarks from the Internet.

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