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By Mia Cunningham

Anna Eikenhout (1902-1986) used to be an honors graduate of Ohio nation college, a fine-arts librarian, a talented pianist, and an avid reader in 3 languages. Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988), a little-known painter and would-be shantyboater, appeared an not likely husband, yet jointly they lived a existence out of the pages of Thoreau's Walden. a lot of what's identified concerning the Hubbards comes from Harlan's books and journals. about the seasons and the panorama, his writing was once rapturous, but he used to be emotionally reticent while discussing human affairs usually or Anna particularly. but it was once via her efforts that their lifestyles at the river used to be really civilized. viewers to Payne hole remember Anna as a beneficiant, gracious hostess, whose intelligence and artistry made the small condo look grander than a mansion.

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I wonder whether Anna asked him to help. Or could he simply not resist the allure of washday? At Payne Hollow, Harlan eventually made water more accessible by building cisterns near the house, but it was easier to go on washing blankets and woolens at the riverbank and rinsing them from the johnboat. " wrote Anna to friends, of such an operation one day in September 1982, when she was eighty. Laundry continued being done entirely by hand until Anna was eighty-three, when the Hub bards started taking the heavy wash (the sheets and Harlan's work pants) to the coin laundry in Madison, one of Harlan's energy-saving compromises to keep the Payne Hollow way of life going.

The shelf crosspiece of the H was just the right size to hold the lamps. With the lamps in place, two flat, rectangular reflector shades made of sturdy aluminum were affixed, one on each side, at a slanting angle. At last the designated reader took the current book from the bookcase, and the listeners took up their current handwork. Anna often had mending or knitting to do; sometimes she worked on netting a fishnet from twine. If Harlan wasn't shucking popcorn, he was shelling, sorting, or toasting some type of beans.

I might also get to mix the biscuit dough. The biscuits were Anna's everyday bread until Harlan built the cookstove at Payne Hollow. In later years she said serving them made her feel as if she was having a picnic, because they were from the time when she and Harlan had done all their cooking over a fireplace. Anna showed me how to chip flakes of peel off a lemon with a paring knife-it was the lemon peel that "made" the biscuits-and how to plop just the right number of spoonfuls of dough into a pie pan.

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