By Mia Cunningham
Anna Eikenhout (1902-1986) used to be an honors graduate of Ohio kingdom 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 likely husband, yet jointly they lived a lifestyles out of the pages of Thoreau's Walden. a lot of what's identified in regards to the Hubbards comes from Harlan's books and journals. in regards to the seasons and the panorama, his writing was once rapturous, but he used to be emotionally reticent while discussing human affairs commonly or Anna specifically. but it used to be via her efforts that their existence at the river used to be really civilized. viewers to Payne hole bear 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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Payne Hollow Summers + 31 Mastery of open-fire cake baking took a bit longer. " Six months later he made a birthday cake for Anna. It rose up marvelously, then cracked open and got scorched. As Harlan was removing it from the heat he gouged it with a screwdriver. But he and Anna patched it and covered its faults with icing and sixteen ivory-colored candles they had hand-dipped themselves. " Yet they both continued improving, until Harlan was matching his chocolate cakes with chocolate-colored candles; he wouldn't tell Anna how he did it.
She mended, of course, and she knitted socks, mittens, and sweaters. She needed no electric sewing machine to make slacks for herself, repair bedding, and remake bought garments. Anna even made by hand, with tiny stitches, the white blouses with Peter Pan collars she favored in her later years. Anna always liked pretty clothes, and Etta sent her many nice things. But Anna, deeming them too fine to wear on the riverbank, put them away and stitched up another little white blouse. Anna mended and re-mended Harlan's work clothes.
Anna and Harlan's lifestyle had become a popular attraction, dispelling the solitude that was the lifestyle's foundation. At first, in the 1950s, the droppers-in were mostly from nearby, on both sides of the river-Madison and Hanover, Indiana; and Milton and Trimble County, Kentucky. During the Hub bards' shantyboat layover at Payne Hollow in 1947, both of them had commented on the great friendliness of the local people. When people offered to buy fish, Harlan preferred to give them away or barter for chickens, eggs, milk, ham, and bacon.
Anna Hubbard: Out of the Shadows by Mia Cunningham