Pat Shingleton: "What To Wear..."
During these shifting weather patterns we’re constantly adjusting our wardrobes. After a freeze last weekend, we're preparing for another chill-down Friday morning. Not the case with our grandfather who resided with us. Bert Price wore the same clothing day-in and day-out. His “wardrobe” consisted of cotton long johns, heavy socks, flannel shirt, a railroad hat, work gloves, bib overalls or "heavy" pants, that included buttoned suspenders. His high top shoes were occasionally covered with galoshes. He kept the sleeves on his long-sleeve shirt in place with elastic garters. This was his uniform when he was a switchman on the railroad and his uniform during his remaining years. During the winter months he would don a coat called a “mackinaw.” Except for his “Sunday-Go-To-Meetin” clothes, this was his outfit for all seasons. Surprisingly, I never saw him sweat profusely or shiver.