Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Woman at Well




Today's picture was taken in Oklahoma in 1939. It shows a woman at a very primitive well. I say primitive because it does not have even a hand pump, and the water bucket/rope system does not even have a crank to make drawing water easier. I am coming to appreciate more and more just how huge of a deal it is to have easy access to water.

Now as far as project HAO, the project continues without a hitch. On the contest to guess the well diggers name, we have had no winners yet, but some good guesses. I will leave the contest open one more day. Myrtle was the closest, in fact she was very very close with the guess Issac, but that is not the Bible figure associated with a well, but it is close. Also, notice in the picture there is both a Well and a Ladder.

Here is the picture of progress for you today.





16 comments:

  1. The well digger is doing an absolutely fantastic job. If I had not seen this with my own eyes (through your wondrous lens) I would never have believed it.
    Would the gentleman be called Jacob?

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  2. Must be Jacob. The well is beautiful and a God-send. Hopefully you strike water soon. Is there a chance of methane gas?

    I am very appreciative of water, especially since our well pump died and we were with out water for a few days. However, unlike folks in Africa, we had a swimming pool full of water for flushing toilets and could buy all the clean bottled water we wanted very cheaply close by.

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  3. He is going to need a lantern pretty soon, if not already.
    I see that even in your photo of the primitive well they have some rocks shoring up the outside of the well head.

    Did you know you can buy 1 gallon jugs of distilled water at the supermarket for under a dollar and refill your little $1.00 plus water bottles for quite awhile

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  4. That well is getting deep fast. If I didn't know better I'd say he had some power tools. My guess of the well diggers name yesterday, "Mole" was not a good one but today I put more thought into it and with PJM's clues I've come up with "Ishmael".

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  5. Drawing water from a well with a bucket, rope & pulley is not all that primitive. We did that back in the early 1950's. We were lucky, our well was just outside the back door.
    My grandmother had an under ground cistern. She had to depend on rain water, as the ground water wasn't fit to drink.

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    1. We use to go South custom combining and ran into many place that had cisterns at their homes.
      A cistern just collects rain water from the roof of the house and stores in a large under ground tank. One thing I did notice about cisterns is that they had things in them like frog, lizards, newt and other such water critters. I wasn't to keen on drinking it, but I did because other water tasted a lot worse. That was back in the day before you could buy bottled drinking water. But that was when I also learned about buying distilled water at the market, and drinking it.

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  6. Shouldn't it be Joseph? Come on you guys!

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    1. I picked Ishmael because he and his mother, Hager were wondering in the desert. God showed Hagar a well and she drew water from it for her and Ishmael and their lives were saved. Plus, the guy digging the well looks like an Ishmael, LOL.

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  7. I pick Noah. If you're thinking Biblical water then Noah is IT.

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  8. What methods will be used to purify the water?

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  9. The man's name is Jacob Wells.

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  10. I am amazed at the roundness and the plumbness of the well. How do they maintain the shape and size without any mechanical or electronic devices? Awesome!

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    1. I, of course, meant plumbness. straight up and down. amazing!

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