Times reader Miriam Hemphill, who grew up in
shared these thoughts on modern plumbing in the area after reading about the Chapman outhouse. Thanks, Miriam!
“You wondered when running water became common in Apalach. I of course don't remember but I have a good idea. When I was working on a family history some years ago I looked long and hard at two old Apalach postcards I own, both showing "bird's eye views" of the town. Both show our house (now Willoughby Marshall’s house) in the foreground, and the view is from above. So, I figured they had to have been taken from the water tank that stood for many years at Ave. D and
, where there is a sort of circle now. The house had a wooden shingle roof then, and porches all around. So of course, I was dying to know when that picture was taken. Nobody in the family had a clue. After some time during which I wrote to all the old people, the churches, the courthouse, etc., I decided to ask Jimmy Nichols if he knew - he had been writing the column about early Apalach for ages and I had written a few for him when he was ailing. In a week or so, I got a reply from him. He had contacted the
and they had told him the tank was constructed in 1912. So, some time shortly after that, people got running water.
My parents graduated from Chapman High in 1914, so maybe they used the "facility" for a while. Mother went to the old St. Patrick's (that burned) through 8th grade but Daddy went to Chapman all the way.”