Pat Shingleton: "Hurricanes and Apple Storage..."
We are now down to 60 days in Hurricane Season 2018. In years past, October was noted for storm development. Hurricane Hilda on October 3, 1964 killed 16 Louisiana residents and after moving inland, tornadoes killed 22 more in LaRose. The October 2, 1915 Hurricane moved from Mobile to Tangipahoa Parish and then to Baton Rouge while the October 10, 1937 Hurricane began in the Yucatan, slid into Texas and tracked east into Baton Rouge. On October 28, 1985, Hurricane Juan did the “loop-dee-loop” hitting Vermillion Parish. On this date in 2002 we were preparing for "another" Lili that went through Lafayette. We are also ten days into the Season of Autumn with no expectations of cold fronts to arrest the heat, high humidity and pesky "summertime" showers. The apple harvest is underway in northern orchards. Our backyard contained trees with adjacent lots providing a good crop for everyone. The harvest provided my Mom with 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 “natural 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. The process included attaching a rope and lowering into an abandoned water well. In Pennsylvania and other locales, ditches are dug at least 14 inches to get "below the freeze" line with earth providing insulation to the pipes. The "well apples" were also lowered below the 14 inch line to prevent freezing. As the story goes, an apple urge sent my 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 froze the rope and snapped the line.
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