To share another “Langford Tango Johnston" story from the early days In Selma:
“If a man was building a new house everyone pitched in and helped. The first houses built were known as California houses. These consisted of a frame of two-by-fours with one-by- twelves nailed on the outside vertically. The cracks were then covered by one-by-fours and the exposed inside was usually covered with cheesecloth and wallpaper. Later, they built better homes but long after 1900 there were a good many of these homes still standing.
Whenever a neighbor has a fire, everyone dropped whatever they were doing and rushed over to help extinguish the blaze. In most instances, however, a bucket brigade was the only fire extinguisher they had and in most cases it was ineffective and the house would be destroyed. Then each neighbor would give a homeless family some article of furniture or dishes, bedclothes and such. No one thought of the gesture as charity or welfare, it was just a custom that was adhered to and everyone accepted it.
One time an old Swede bachelor left a note on his door so that if anyone came by they would know where he was. The note read, “I go to Mr. Danielson, he got a heavy lift.” This was typical of all old timers. They let it be known where they were in case a person needed help. This brief note left by the old bachelor couldn’t have been more descriptive if it had been a thousand word note written by Shakespeare.”
Times have changed. Houses are built very differently than during the early days of California, but I wonder — we have changed building materials, but have we changed that much as a people? I know in Selma — when there is a need, the community responds. Thanks for being such as great place to work and live.