Southeastern Colorado Genealogical Society

A 'Receet' for Washing Clothes

(Written many years ago by a pioneer woman)

  1. Bild fire in back yard to het kettle of rain water.
  2. Set tubs so smoke won't blow in eyes if wind is peart.
  3. Shave 1 whole cake of lie sope in biling water.
  4. Sort things. Make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile cullord, 1 pile werk briches and rags.
  5. Stur flour in cold water to smooth, then thin down with biling water
  6. Rub dirty spots on board. Scrub hard, then bile. Rub cullord, but don't bile, just rench and starch.
  7. Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle then rench, blew and starch.
  8. Spread tee towels on grass.
  9. Hand old rags on fence.
  10. Pore rench water in flower beds.
  11. Scrub porch with hot sopy water.
  12. Turn tubs upside down.
  13. Go put on cleen dress - smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee - set and rest and rock a spell and count blessing.

Getting the "Short End of the Stick"

Candles were expensive to make, so often reeds were dipped in tallow and burned instead. When visitors came, it was the custom for guests to make their exit by the time the lights went out. Therefore, if your host didn't want you to stay ver long, he would give you a "short stick". (Our thanks to The Prospector, Clark Co. NV, Vol 29 #1)

Plight of a Genealogist

If you ave ever spent much time researching your family tree, you should enjoy this New Year Resolution. (Our thanks to The Prospector, Clark Co. NV, Vol 29 #1)

It is New year's Eve 1852 and my ancestor sits at his desk by candlelight. He dips his quill pen in ink and begins to write his New Year's resolutions:

  1. No man is truly well-educated unless he learns to spell his name at least three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give the appearance of being extremely well-educated in the coming year.
  2. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same names that my ancestors have used to six generations in a row. My brothers resolve to do the same.
  3. My age is no one's business but my own - I hereby resolve to never list the same age or birth year twice on any document.
  4. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different church - either in a different faith or in a different parish. Every third child will not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an itinerant minister who keeps no records.
  5. I resolve to move to a new town, new county, or new state at least once every 10 years - just before those pesky enumerators come around asking silly questions.
  6. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no vital records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every few years.
  7. I resolve to join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in record keeping and I will not participate in military service.
  8. When the tax collector comes to my door, I'll loan him my pen, which has been dipped in rapidly fading blue ink.
  9. I resolve that if my beloved wife Mary should die, I will marry another Mary.
  10. I resolve not to make a will who needs to spend money on a lawyer?

Contact Us

Southeastern Colorado Genealogical Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 1407

Pueblo, CO 81002

Monthly Meetings

Our monthly meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month with a Genealogical Studies class at 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm and our Program from 2:00 pm - 3:00 PM

You do not have to be a member to attend - Everyone is welcome.

Call 719-250-5782 for more information or to schedule a ride.