The Outhouse

Modern bathrooms are a relatively new convenience. Here in Tioga, a few families didn’t get indoor bathrooms until the late 1950's. The average outhouse was three to four feet square by 7 feet high. Most were single holers. It was set over a hole that had been dug, usually about five feet down into the ground.

Although toilet paper may have been marginally available in the early days, it didn’t really catch on. There are lots of stories of newspapers and Sears catalogs in the outhouse that weren't there for reading. A page was torn out, ruffled up to make it a little softer then used.

During the winter, "chamber pots" were placed inside so that the children wouldn’t have to make a dash for the Outhouse.