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“Thoughts by a Country Woman” by Clara Mack

Clara Mack wrote essays for the Wayland Register between 1935 and 1950. She published them in a book called “Thoughts by a Country Woman” in 1950. In 1938 she won second prize in a national contest for the selection of the best country newspaper correspondent for the year. She lived with her husband in Springwater NY for some time. Some of her stories are about the places and people of the Hemlock and Canadice Lakes region.

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Church Still Serves

Clara describes how the Advent church in Springwater NY changed. It was taken over by the firemen when it was forced to close its doors.

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Clara Mack

Clean Floors

Clara remembers that her Grandmother Seward cleaned the kitchen floor every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. It required water, soap, lye and much energy.

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Clara Mack

Fair Memories

Clara remembers the “Little World’s Fair” at Hemlock. The whole family would ride in the surrey, eat a picnic lunch and spend the day taking in all the sights at the fair.

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Clara Mack

Father’s Back Room

Clara’s father ran a butcher shop in the Marvin building in Springwater NY. She talks of her fond memories of the “Little Back Room” that was behind the shop.

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Clara Mack

Women’s Styles

Clara has her doubts about the change in women’s styles. The bustle would be very inconvenient but undeniable in Springwater.

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Clara Mack

Watch Tower

In 1943 Clara volunteered to stand in the watch tower looking for enemy planes in the skies above Springwater NY. Later, she wrote about what she saw and felt.

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Clara Mack

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