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 existence 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 was once emotionally reticent whilst discussing human affairs ordinarily or Anna particularly. but it was once via her efforts that their lifestyles at the river used to be actually civilized. viewers to Payne hole keep in mind Anna as a beneficiant, gracious hostess, whose intelligence and artistry made the small apartment look grander than a mansion.
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Anna briefed me on all this, poured some hot water from the kettle into my washbasin for bathing-she was explicit about that-and left me a flashlight for going up the hill. Then Anna and Harlan turned their cabin over to me for the night. I wasn't curious then about where they slept, and if they told me, I have forgotten. Since they were experienced campers, they may have assembled a lean-to with a poncho, or slept in the surviving shell of the trailer they had camped in for more than a year after the shantyboating, or under the stars, as they had done behind the studio in Fort Thomas.
The original cabin was a spare upper room from then on, with its metal fireplace removed and replaced by more storage cabinets and drawers. " When no guests were present, Anna dressed there each morning and did her hair at the vanity cabinet. Anna and Harlan's bed, a duplicate of the original, was downstairs in the big room now, stowed away in a corner beside a bookcase. I was too young then to appreciate that the two rooms were a unified work in which the decisions about materials and design had obviously been made by an artist desiring to please the senses as well as make his living space useful and efficient.
Over the years, she wrote to me about the satisfactions of preparing meals, baking, canning, even sweeping the floor, but never washing. Seems to me she would have preferred everything washing-machine clean all along. I think Anna, in much the same way she had refused to give up on the shantyboat garden at Natchez, went through with washday Harlan's way for Harlan's sake. Unlike washing, canning was a chore that couldn't be postponed while I was visiting at Payne Hollow. It had to be done when the crop was ready, never mind heat, humidity, or in Anna's later years, weariness; wasting good food was an unthinkable alternative.
Anna Hubbard: Out of the Shadows by Mia Cunningham