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Pat Shingleton: An apple a day

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Sunday, September 28 2014 Sep 28, 2014 September 28, 2014 3:00 AM September 28, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

The apple harvest is underway in northern orchards. Our backyard provided a good crop for everyone. Mom secured enough produce to "put up" apple sauce, apple butter and freezer apples for pies and cobblers. To compliment refrigeration, a basement or spring house provided a "climate controlled" environment for turnips, potatoes, carrots, peaches and apples. Another location was an abandoned well. Our Dad and Grandfather devised a means of "basketing" apples, attached to a rope and lowered into the well; above the water line. An apple urge sent Dad outdoors on a cold winter night. Attempting to retrieve the crisp treat he felt less rope tension and heard the splash. Cold weather above the 14 inch freeze-line snapped the line.

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