God Bless the 2 Holer

I was born in 1976 so indoor toilets were the way of life in households.  I attended church at Old Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Gay, WV.  It was a small, rural church with no indoor plumming (we did get indoor plumming when I was in high school in the 1990’s)  The church had 2 outhouses on either side of the building.  One for men and the other for women.  The thing I remember the most was that both of them had two seats (holes) in them with no dividers.  You could go to the bathroom with friends or your mom or whoever.  It did not occur to me at the time that this was strange.  Today I wonder, what the heck?  Why did it have 2 holes?  I joke and tell people that we were “high society” because we had 2 holers, but I wonder, what was the reason for it?  Did most people have 2 holers?  Was it for potty training purposes?  Perhaps it was for efficiency?  I just don’t know.  This may be a question that I ponder until I die.

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  • June 3, 2009 at 1:00 am

    My grandparents had a two-holer, as well. Of course they had 13 kids. I would suspect the reason was so more than one person could go at the same time. Just like public rest rooms, except without the dividers. I often wonder if this helped make people so friendly. After all it’s not easy being angry at someone you have to use the outhouse with.

  • December 16, 2009 at 9:35 am

    we had a 3 holer cause they were 13 0f us we lived on millcreek for years at the old issachouse in the seventys i could tell some stories of that ole house

  • December 16, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Maggie, I don’t know if you know where Old Pleasant Missionary Baptist church is or if its just a coincidence, but its on Mill Creek Road. Mill Creek is actually where I grew up. I went to Thompson Elementry school (its since been torn down). I would love to hear your stories and hope you post them. What a small world this is! By the way, I have never seen a 3 holer! I guess I’m going to have to change my story when I tell it from us being “high society” to “upper middle class” becuase we only had 2 holes. :) Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to hear more from you!!!! Welcome to Appalachianfolk! Its so nice to find kindred spirits!

  • December 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

    i also went to thompson school on millcreek my brother married dorothy thompson wich she lived up the holler from the schoolthe issac place was located on pratt branchare neighbors were the packs jane and jennings we called it the greenhouse cause that was the color of it it was told to us when we moved in there that the issacs daughter had caught her self on fire by the ole fire place and died in the house and it was haunted strange stuff did happen there like we would put cookies out of the oven to cool go back they would be gonethe church you are speaking of i no where it is at my daughter lives on millcreek now at the jackson place

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