The homes outstanding among the first built in the community were those belonging to Jim Hansen, Christian Jensen, N. Peter Madsen, William Morrison, and Peter M. Peel.
Those who were fortunate enough in those days to have a cellar, an upstairs, a stove, candles, a wash-stand and basin possessed about all of the conveniences available.
Not all of the rooms had board floors, but in every room was found a fireplace.
There were no carpets or floor coverings of any kind, but the board floors were kept white and clean with scrubbing brushes made of twisted straw and hay, tied securely together. Sand was used for scouring them, as soap was a very scarce article.
There were no covers on the table, but these, too, were kept white and clean.
The dishes used were made of real heavy china and pottery. The spoons and cups were pewter, and the knives and forks were of steel with black handles.
Practically every home had its wooden tub and washboard. its wooden churn with a dash and its wooden stool for a wash stand.
History of Mt. Pleasant by Hilda Madsen Longsdorf pp 275-276
There was but one house in town which had built upon one side of the fireplace a sink to which was attached a pipe which carried the water out of doors. This was in the home of William Morrison. On the other side of the fireplace was the bread box and beneath the sink and the bread box were cupboards where the cooking utensils were kept.
These Homes have been researched and compiled by Tudy Barentsen Standlee.
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