National Geographic : 1931 Dec
ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVING ASH HOPPERS IN THE SOUTH Into this crude device, on a farm near Florence, wood ashes from stoves and fireplaces are stored; then rain water is poured in to make lye, and the lye is used in making soap and hominy. Photograph courtesy Alabama Polytechnic Institute "DON'T JERK-TURN ITSTEADY !" In pioneer days, grinding the family axes, knives, scythes, and sickles was a never-ending task. This old couple, near Courtland, Alabama, performs a homely task in the old way.