By Mia Cunningham
Anna Eikenhout (1902-1986) was once an honors graduate of Ohio country college, a fine-arts librarian, a talented pianist, and an avid reader in 3 languages. Harlan Hubbard (1900-1988), a little-known painter and would-be shantyboater, appeared an not going husband, yet jointly they lived a lifestyles out of the pages of Thoreau's Walden. a lot of what's recognized in regards to the Hubbards comes from Harlan's books and journals. about the seasons and the panorama, his writing used to be rapturous, but he used to be emotionally reticent whilst discussing human affairs generally or Anna specifically. but it used to be via her efforts that their lifestyles at the river was once actually civilized. viewers to Payne hole keep in mind Anna as a beneficiant, gracious hostess, whose intelligence and artistry made the small condo look grander than a mansion.
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One aspect of wash day in which Anna certainly set the standard, however, was the detergent. She would use only goodquality store-bought deterg'ent, and she shunned Harlan's experiments with homemade soap. " Exactly when Harlan joined in, I haven't discovered. It was at least by 1948: "We are quite pleased" with how the washing went on November 23, Harlan wrote. " I wonder whether Anna asked him to help. Or could he simply not resist the allure of washday? At Payne Hollow, Harlan eventually made water more accessible by building cisterns near the house, but it was easier to go on washing blankets and woolens at the riverbank and rinsing them from the johnboat.
With superhuman control she would finish her task, then grab a tissue just in time. " Sometimes my visit coincided with the Hubbards' monthly expedition to Hanover and Madison. Anna and Harlan always had a load of books to return to the Hanover College library and a list of others to borrow, and sometimes they visited their professor friend Alvin Bailey to play trios. -o- 35 seen to, we went on to Madison to shop. Anna and Harlan had tied up at Madison for a week in 1947 during the shantyboat journey and found the town appealing, "clean and prosperous looking," and the people friendly and energetic.
Several Hanover professors speak warmly of the Hub bards' willingness to make themselves available to students who were sincerely interested in their way of life, and one professor remembers Harlan always genuinely encouraging him to bring his students. The Hub bards formed enduring friendships with several of their student visitors, particularly during the 1960s. Visits by friends were interruptions, Harlan said, but they were interruptions he and Anna enjoyed. Visits by drop-in strangers, however, were another matter.