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A big thing as we were growing up in and around Ekalaka was the water supply. People out in the country or on the edges of Ekalaka had wells. You usually could find ground water at 10 or 15 feet but they would go on through that and go to another vein of water at 60 or even 100 or more feet. The deeper the well the harder pumping it was and I know that because I did a lot of pumping for the livestock.

At our second house in Ekalaka, we had a windmill which, of course, pumped water when the wind was blowing. This was very nice for me as we had cows and usually had horses also. They drank out of...


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