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Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May

and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to

smell; so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Baths

consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the

privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then

the women and finally the children - last of all the babies.

By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it -

hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

***Only the rich or well to do took regular baths. The common people did not have anything to bathe in. They only used large wooden buckets or natural waters like a river or stream or lake to bathe in. Once a week in the fall or spring, more often in the summer and rarely in the winter time.

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