Minden Press-Herald

Sep 20th

‘Use the basement’ and other sayings

Juanita Agan-1In the old (1910) High School Building (it was located on the site of the present Minden High School Building) that also housed the elementary grades, the bathrooms were in the basement. Children learned to say that they had to use the basement instead of using the word "bathroom". That hung over to the time we used the new (1925) high school building. The bathrooms were not in the basement there but on the first floor. We still said "use the basement." My son asked me why we used the word "basement" instead of saying "bathroom" and then I remembered that the bathrooms were in the basement in the old 1910 building which was where the elementary grades were back in the thirties.

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