|Outdoor Toilet Photo By Bucharest Life|
A recent exchange between my cousin, Jack D. Terry, and I led me to do some rumination about outdoor toilets in general and about one in particular. Jack, myself, my half-sister Barbara, and three of Jack's siblings all spent several years of our lives living in a combination house and store on Steele's Creek near Wayland, KY, in Floyd County where over several years our fathers both operated a country store. My father, Ballard Hicks, bought the property sometime in the early 1940's after his first wife, Ora Wicker Hicks, became ill with an undetermined and fatal illness. Daddy bought the store and left the coal mines at Wayland in order to be able to care for his seriously ill wife. He operated a store there for about fifteen years until he built a new combination store and house at Dema, KY further up Beaver Creek in Knott County. I was born at Lackey Hospital while my parents, Ballard Hicks, and his second wife, my mother, Mellie Hicks, were living in the building on Steele's Creek. We continued to live there until I was about six years old and moved to Knott County in the summer of 1957 just as I was due to enter school at Salisbury Elementary. My half-sister, Barbara, lived there from the time our mother married my father which was nearly the entire time he operated the store on Steele's Creek. On the same day we moved up Beaver Creek from Steele's Creek, Jack's parents, Corbett and Ellen Hicks Terry, and their children moved into the house and store on Steele's Creek. They also operated a store there for several years and partially raised five children in the building.
|Outdoor Toilet Photo By Video Blocks|
The outdoor toilet played a major role in the lives of millions of poor people all over the country and more still exist than you might believe. Many of them may now be used only as tool sheds, storage buildings, or dog houses. But as you drive the hills and hollows of all the states of Central and Southern Appalachia keep an eye out and you will see them still sitting somewhere near the edge of more properties than you might have believed.