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Making soap - 1938

Lena Folkerts is shown here making lye soap on her farm north of Minonk in 1938. Lye soap was made by boiling the fat left over from hog butchering. Lye was added to the mix to give it cleaning qualities. Unfortunately, the soap would burn your eyes if any suds go into the eye. Mrs. Folkerts was 106 years old when this picture was published in May, 2004.

The picture is the courtesy of Mrs. Folkerts' son Eldon Folkerts.