In the Ladies Room

One thing that I really enjoy about reading this journal is the glimpses it gives us into the personalities of Adaline and her family members. It is one thing to read through a list of names and dates, seeing who your ancestors were. It is quite another to read about a husband playing a joke on his wife! That was funny. Chauncey knew she couldn’t see without her glasses so he introduced a man to her as someone else! I was glad to see that she had a sense of humor about it, too.

And the fact that he did this in the Ladies Room? Although indoor plumbing was around in some places (see The History of Plumbing if you are really interested), this was not that kind of a Ladies Room. It seems that some places, including most train stations, had separate waiting areas for women so they did not have to sit with the swearing and tobacco chewing men. Although it isn’t the depot in Lincoln, I did find an example of a typical waiting room from a depot in Springfield, Illinois.

waiting room

AnoChauncey Burchther view of Chauncey Burch is described in the on-line book, Bellwood, Nebraska- The First 100 Years. In it, one man remembered “Chauncey Burch, dressed in a cut-away coat, a checkered vest and striped pants, chasing his chickens, with his flowing beard streaming back over his shoulders.” There are many other families in the above mentioned book in addition to the Burches. It is a great place to look for family information, if they ever lived in that area.

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Published in: on January 12, 2007 at 12:37 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. So fun to get a glimpse of personalities. Reminds me to write more details in my own journal, things the kids will actually glean from — not just boring stuff. Good research on the ladies’ rooms. Looks like you are having fun.


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