Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Plans
Title: Home and child life in colonial days
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Title: Home and child life in colonial days
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Plans
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Creator: Glubok, Shirley
Publication Date: 1969
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
43 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
de Mesa-Sanchez House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 43 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896429 x -81.313225
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091264
Volume ID: VID00023
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L6

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0 many visits to her friends. She dipped candles in The Pennsylvania Dutch u
c the spring and made.qo in the autumn. This stir it. A good smart work
H" latter was a trying and burdensome domestic duty, of soap in a day and have
^ but the soft soap was important for home use. B the afternoon and talk her
In preparation for making soft soap all the ting supper.
refuse grease from cooking, butchering, etc., was This soft soap was usec
^ stored through the winter, as well as woodashes washings which, for a centi
from the great fireplaces. The first operation was of the colonies, seem to 1
x3 to make the lye, to "set the leach." Many families The household wash was i
owned a strongly made leach barrel; others made and the washing was donm
(D a sort of barrel from a section of bark of the white some households once in t
birch. This barrel was placed on bricks or set at a Another duty of the w
slight angle on a circular groove in a wood or household was the picking
stone base, then filled with ashes; water was Geese were raised for their
r- poured in till the lye trickled or leached out food. In some towns ever
q '" through an outlet cut in the groove into a small and their clanking was he
0o wooden tub or bucket. The water and ashes were times all night. In midwir
S:9 frequently replenished as they wasted, and the barnyards, but the rest of
0 lye accumulated in a large tub or kettle. If the lye light in the street.
> was not strong enough, it was poured over fresh Goose-picking was cruel
r- ashes. times a year the feathers v
'H ; The grease and lye were then boiled together live birds. A stocking was
CO >4 in a great pot over a fire out of doors. It took head to keep it from biting
E r about six bushels of ashes and twenty-four pounds -, B was thrust into a goose bi
F 4 of grease to make a barrel of soap. The soft soap to wear old clothes and tie'
made by this process seemed like a clean jelly, and the down flew everywhere.
showed no trace of the repulsive grease that f-or pens. Among the Dui

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