To the best of my recollection, hardly anyone in
Lemont had indoor plumbing in the early 50ís. It was a long walk from the
comfort of the house to the outhouse. On a cold, dark night, the
walk seemed to be longer, and it definitely was scary.
Hardly anyone ever went to the outhouse at night,
especially the children. Most families had a potty in each bedroom for
night time calls to nature: a large one for the adults and a smaller one
for the children.
Dolores Gallagher and family were in Lemont at the
time, and Dzedo (grandfather John) Briscar must have been touched by an
angel, because in a moment of rare tenderness he took pity on the little
cold bottoms that had to use the potty in the chilly bedroom. He
fashioned a wooden frame and seat to hold the kidsí potty, and that new
potty chair took the chill off the bottoms of the little ones.
Anne wants to share some photos with us. Thank you,