THE BARREL IS NOT HALF KNOCKED OVER
"The Smoke House and the Barrel"Butch and Larry Hoff givin Gene Wolters heck


This explains a little about life on the farm

To the right is a picture of the old Smoke House on the North West side of the Hutto Home Place outside of Robstown, Texas. The Children are Butch Hoff on the left with his younger sibling, Larry. They appear to be giving Gene Wolters all he can handle (for killing their favorite pig? maybe!) In the doorway of the Smoke house appears to be Aunt Belle.

I asked why the barrel was knocked over? I remember as a child and even as a young adult that barrel always leaning, out of place. I tried several times to straighten it up but with no success. As the years have gone by, the Old Smoke house and the barrel have since vanished. But the memories of it. The Smoke house and the old Barrel in front of it will remain etched forever more in my mind as a piece of nostalgia. It is a pleasant memory to relive a walk down the old cement sidewalks of the old home place past the old Smoke house.

But enough....I asked why the barrel was leaning and here are the answers I got.....


THE BARREL IS NOT HALF KNOCKED OVER. GRANDPA ACTUALLY DUG A HOLE SO IT WOULD FIT THERE IN A SLANT.DURING HOG KILLING THE BARREL WAS FILLED WITH SCALDING HOT WATER,THEN THE DEAD GUTTED PIG WAS PUT IN THE BARREL TO WASH IT AND TO LOOSEN THE HAIR.THEN THE OLDER GRANDKIDS (ME BEING ONE) HAD TO SCRAPE THE HAIR OFF THE PIG. THEN THEY CUT THE SKIN AND MOST OF THE FAT WITH IT OFF THE PIG AND PUT IT IN LARGE IRON KETTLES THAT HAD A FIRE GOING UNDER THEM.WE WERE. RENDERING LARD. AS THE FAT MELTED THE SKIN COOKED AND YOU GOT FRESH PORK RINDS WHICH WE ALWAYS MANAGED TO EAT TOO MUCH OF AND GET SICK. Thursday, January 07, 1999 12:59 PM
Carlile, Vivian S AKA Susie


It is not knocked over.  The ground was dug out to hold the barrel at that angle.  There was a block and tackle above it and they lowered the hog in the barrel?  Or they put some corn in the bottom and the hog took a hot bath?

Yukon
energy1@pobox.alaska.net AKA Bill Hutto

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