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From: Valorie Zimmerman <>
Subject: Re: Oh well - how deep?
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 17:22:20 -0700
John Helmut Merz wrote:
> I have always wondered where our early pioneers got their water.
> Of course, there was no problem when they were located on or near
> a creek, a river or a lake, but what about those who were not
> blessed with such natural features? Did they build cisterns to
> catch rainwater, or dug wells, there was no way that they could
> dig very deep, and if, how did they know where to dig to find
> underground water?
> Perhaps someone could elaborate on this for my and other interested
> Cheers, John Merz, listowner.
My grandfather grew up in Ontario, where *his* grandfather came from
Scotland in 1832. I don't know for sure what my gggfather did, but when
my grandparents bought property to build a house on before WWII, they
hired a "water witch" to locate the place to drill. That well has never
gone dry in my memory, even when others in the neighborhood did (during
drought). Yes, we do have drought in western Washington state; our
summers are often dry. We aren't suffering that way this year!
All the best,
Valorie Cowan McBee Zimmerman