Seniors can walk down Memory Lane and kids can see the past

— Photo from Nancy Frueh
Patented in 1872 by T. Harris, this washing machine, made by Jonas Sagendorf Manufacturing in Knox, will be part of the free program, “A Week in the Life of Great Aunt Nellie,” at the historical society’s Saddlemire Homestead on Aug. 12.


To the Editor:

“This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes …” Do you remember singing this ditty in elementary school?

The Knox Historical Society will be celebrating an early washing machine made in Knox (patented in 1872), human-powered vacuum cleaners, a Davis swing churn, and other “improvements” that made weekly household chores less arduous at the close of the 19th Century.

Remember, electricity in Knox was still 50 years away!

The public is invited to the Saddlemire Homestead Museum, located at 2190 Berne-Altamont Road (Route 156) in Knox, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, to re-live  “A Week in the Life of Great Aunt Nellie.”

We hope it will be a walk down Memory Lane for our seniors, and an eye-opening experience for the young folks. Period-correct refreshments will be served!  Admission is free, and guests are welcome to browse our collection after the program.  We can be found on the web at

Nancy Frueh vice-president

Knox Historical Society

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