Remembering window fans
In a previous article, I mentioned the “yard brooms” which most mill village mama’s had and now I would like to mention something else which I had not thought of in a long time. In fact there are two things that came to my attention since the hot days of July. The first thing and one which I think I have mentioned in earlier articles is the Hunter window fan.
This past Sunday, Gaye and I had gone to the Presbyterian Home to pick up Mrs. Virginia Sides to attend Church with us. We enjoy Mrs. Sides being with us, and we think she enjoys our church since the fill in pastor is also from the Presbyterian Home, Rev. Francis Womack.
On our trip from and to the home we had some interesting conversations, and the window fans were mentioned. Mrs. Sides said that when she was a little girl, they too had window fans for air-conditioned home were almost non-existent.
This too was the norm for us mill hill folks, and the Lydia Company Store sold those wonderful Hunter window fans, and I am certain that the Clinton Mills Company store did the same. These fans did not provide air-conditioned air, but they did circulate the air.
I remember our Mama and Daddy lowering the windows to about 8 or 10 inches at night so the fan could pull in the outside air. The air at first would be warm, but as the night passed and the early morning air cooled, the big window fans were a blessing. Mrs. Sides said that she never paid any attention to the band of fans her parents had but I certainly remembered ours being a hunter.
This just showed that our company stores only carried the best quality brands of anything for the mill workers.
One other thing which came to mind, but I did not mention this one was the mosquito deterrent which a lot of the folks used before the days of the best controls available today. This was one by puffing a piece of cloth into a burned out gallon paint can and setting the cloth on fire. Just as the cloth was ignited it would be stifled and left to smolder in the can. The smoldering of the cloth would keep the mosquitoes at bay and allow us to sit on our porches or in our yards. This practice worked when I was a youngster and would probably work now, but the modern techniques seem to work better and are more readily available.
(Tommy Kitchens lives in Clinton).