Photo by Barry Wallace
When I was a young teenager, back in the mid-50s (that's the 1950s, not the 1850s) I used to hang out with a good buddy named Dan Buddin, who was a resident of Laskay. We'd spend time at and around the Laskay Emporium, run by the Arbuckles. Immediately north of the Laskay Emporium was a residence which many years before had been an inn. In front of that building, on the shoulder of the road was a watering hole which ran with cold spring water. All the kids thereabouts used to get drinks of the cold water, especially in the hot summertime. I recently saw someone, who had parked a car at the side of the road, drawing water from that same spot. In 2013, there is a little red pump and a large concrete well cap, atop the water source, and I presume the pump is functional. I asked a couple of old Laskay acquaintances if they remembered the spot. Betty (Arbuckle) Dew, who now resides in King City, remembers the spring's cold water (just north of her parents' general store) and that many folks from the Laskay area drew drinking water from the spot. Ed Etheridge who has lived in Laskay for many years also remembers the spring and how farmers used to water their horses from a trough across the street, which drew water through a pipe under the road and connected to the spring. These two folks were describing the setting from the 1940s and 1950s, but the history of this community water source would appear to go back many decades before then. The folklore says that the water was always pure with no tales of people or beasts ever being sickened. Apparently it was much more recently that nearby housing development and run-off prompted the safeguarding of the water with underground tiles and the little red pump.
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