A Michigan Outhouse Built to store Gardening Tools
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<Front View of the Outhouse
Michigan Garden Outhouse
Photo by J. Perez Sr.
Back view of the outhouse
Back view of the outhouse
Photo by J. Perez Sr.
Seat next to the Outhouse
Seat next to the Outhouse
Photo by J. Perez Sr.
Plaque next to the Outhouse door
Plaque next to the Outhouse door
Photo by J. Perez Sr.
Side View with Door Closed
Side View with Door Closed
Photo by J. Perez Sr.
Side View showing Door Open
Side View showing Door Open
Photo by J. Perez Sr.
    These pictures were recently taken of the Outhouse built by Mr. Perez Sr. His wife asked him to build it for her so she could store her gardening tools during the summer months when she worked outside tending her flowers after working in her banking job during the week days. The front looks like any normal Outhouse but on the right side of the Outhouse, he made an extra door that opens for her to store her rakes, shovels, and so on. You can see the door in the bottom photo with a wooden latch to keep the door shut. The wood was donated to him by the current owners, John & Helen Urene, who watched a barn collapse during a windy and rainy summer day a few years ago. The name of the farm is High point acres near Parma, Michigan, which is where my wife grew up as a young girl. At that time, the farm was owned by her parents, Chauncey & Arlene Conklin in 1953. The main door opens to a regular one-holer with corn cobs as backups (no Sears Catalog). He tried to make it look as old as he could remember when he used Outhouses himself as a young migrant farm worker in the fields of Michigan during the summer months away from school. During a recent family reunion, he received many compliments for the work on it. These photos were sent by John Perez Sr. of Spring Arbor, Michigan.

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