Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Water Yoke

When the immigrants first settled on Washington Island, Wisconsin, they got their water from the Lake, either Lake Michigan or Green Bay. In order to transport the precious liquid, they devised this clever yoke; however, it was one of the women's tasks to haul it up from the lake!! Later they added a barrel and funnel to catch rainwater. See here.


  1. I'm glad those days are gone!!

  2. When I was a kid, I have seen this in action in our countryside, not for domestic use, but to water patches of kitchen garden a bit out of the way.
    And yes, women still carried it...

  3. Glad I have a spigot!

  4. cela ne devait pas etre facile d'aller chercher de l'eau, il fallait beaucoup de force et de courage

  5. Anonymous4:37 PM

    I would hate to have to wear those to carry water. We used to have to go outside to pump the water. In those times I sometimes thought that was inhuman and very primitive.

    Pick a Peck of Pixels

  6. That must have been a real pain in the neck!


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