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Spring House

The first book in the Westward Sagas was named Spring House because most of the important

scenes in the story took place in a spring house.

My grandparents also had a spring house. It was no longer in use, but I remember exactly how the native rock structure looked. I thought it was pretty cool, and it was. Cool spring water came out of a natural flowing spring running inside the structure by way of troughs that allowed the spring water to slowly trickle down the man-made trace into a pool of water twelve to eighteen inches deep. My parents told me how Grandmother would place the crocks of butter, milk, and eggs in the circulating water to keep them cool.

Granddad eventually bought an icebox, which eliminated running to the spring house on the creek for a glass of milk. The icebox worked pretty well when the local iceman came by twice a week during summer months to replenish the quickly melting ice. The residents along the Pedernales River called on their congressman and neighbor Lyndon Johnson to get electricity to the area like the folks in the city had. His support for the Rural Electrification Project earned him a lifetime of praise and support for his efforts.

It was an exciting day when Granddad switched that light switch on for the first time. An lectric refrigerator soon replaced the icebox, no-longer-needed kerosene lamps were stored in the icebox, and the spring house became just a cool place to be after a hard day of work or a place for the grandchildren to play. The word spring house and icebox would become obsolete.



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