“The Way We Worked In Webster Parish”
Now On Display At The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum
In conjunction with the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit located at City Art Works, the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum has a mural of Webster Parish called “The Way We Worked In Webster Parish”. This mural features pictures from Webster parish depicting different ways that area people have worked through the earlier eras of time, including early logging and train photographs. The exhibit also has a video presentation featuring the depression era work conditions to add to the display. The museum exhibit will be up from Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 until Tuesday, February 11th, 2014. On Monday, February 10th, 2014, in conjunction with the exhibit John Collins will be the first speaker for 2014 with a presentation on the oldest business on Main Street.
The ways we work in Webster Parish have change greatly over the last 100 years! Gone are the days of the horse and buggy, mule teams, steam trains and Model T cars. Milking cows by hand on a dairy farm has long been replaced by automated milking machines that are computerized in fancy milking barns. The Dairy business like most other businesses has seen much progress. Some would say “We have lost the human touch!”
No longer do you use a treadle sewing machine to make your clothes, or a wringer washing machine to squeeze out the daily wash. Today we have new-fangled, fancy, computerized, push-button home appliances. Even lawn mowing has change drastically. Gone are the days of the old push style human powered mowers, now replaced by the new Zero-Turn mowers (who would have ever thought you would pay two or three times the price for a lawn mower compared to what you paid for a car in the 1970s)?
Even going to the grocery store is different, in just the last 20 years or so. Now we have barcodes and item scanners that ring up our purchase at the self-checkout line. I liked having someone bag and check my items at stores. The self-service gas station is now more common that a full-service station. In fact if you find a full-service station you have stumbled upon a step back in time.
Oh for the “good ole’ days” when life was easier… but in same ways harder… because we had to work a little more just to get the job done. Maybe that made us appreciate the money we made or the product we produced from the fruits of our labor a little more….just a thought on the way we worked.
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum is located at 116 Pearl Street in Minden. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-4 closed from 1-2 for lunch. For more information contact Schelley Francis at 318-377-3002. Or visit the museum website at www.museuminminden.blogspot.com also you can find us on Facebook.