In warm weather the Hoovers moved their wood-burning stove to the back porch. This became the summer kitchen. The porch and summer kitchen may have served several other purposes over time, a woodshed, store room, and spare bedroom. It was here, in the dark of night on August 10, 1874, that blacksmith shop assistant, Elwood King was awakened to go and fetch the doctor. Around midnight, Herbert Clark Hoover was born.
A chicken coop provided fresh eggs. Hulda grew her vegetable garden behind the cottage, while flower gardens of marigolds, peonies, and snapdragons filled the front and side yards. And just like today, seeds, cuttings and bulbs, were traded with family and friends. The dark red double-petaled tulips that once grew here came from the bulbs Hulda's mother had brought with her from Canada. A cellar under the cottage stored vegetables and other foods below the winter's frost.
For drinking water, the Hoovers went one block south to the town pump in the middle of the intersection of Downey and Main Streets. But for watering the garden and washing, they filled a wooden tub with water pumped from a cistern in their backyard.
The Hoovers placed their privy, probably a two-holer, in the corner of the lot away from the cistern but convenient to both the house and the blacksmith shop.