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Women Owned Businesses - Dowsing

Some people (both men and women) were known for having this skill. They were paid for this work. Mrs. J. Spurgeon Allaby holding a water witching forked stick, demonstrating techniques of dowsing to find water. Another female dowser, Sylvia Wichenback, related that “I spent one whole day water witching, and when I got home I was tired than I’ve ever been in my life. I’d had all the magic drained out of me.”
[P 1008-1010] [NA 454.004]

 

Dowsing is an old-time way to find a good place to dig a water well.

Image Description: Some people (both men and women) were known for having this skill. They were paid for this work. Mrs. J. Spurgeon Allaby holding a water witching forked stick, demonstrating techniques of dowsing to find water. Another female dowser, Sylvia Wichenback, related that "I spent one whole day water witching, and when I got home I was tired than I've ever been in my life. I'd had all the magic drained out of me." [P 1008-1010] [NA 454.004]

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Image Description: Dowsing is an old-time way to find a good place to dig a water well.

Image Description: Dowsing is an old-time way to find a good place to dig a water well.

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