History Treasures - Copper Boiler

by Penny Eggan

Water, brought to the house by the boys, was heated in the Copper Boiler before they left for school. Daughters often had to stay home on laundry day to help out if the family was large. The woman and daughters had two sets of outer clothes, one for work and the other for school called a day dress. They had 2-3 sets of underclothes as it touched the skin and was thought to be dirtier. The fabrics were hot and heavy.

Women wore skirts which would have five yards of fabric with 3 petticoats underneath. Boys had canvas pants and heavy fabric for their shirts. Sometimes everyone's clothes were made from the same bolt of fabric so townspeople would know whose family they belonged to.

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