New outhouse too fancy for farmer

June 8, 2008 at 1:42 PM

CINCINNATI, June 8 (UPI) -- A new outhouse built by a Cincinnati non-profit group is simply too fancy for Elbert "Lew" Preston, the Ohio farmer says.

The 79-year-old retired tobacco farmer said the outhouse built by People Working Cooperatively is a far cry from the simple wooden structure he once had sitting above a hole in the ground, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday.

"It's too nice and complicated to be an outhouse," Preston said of the concrete and treated lumber outhouse. "I call it a privy."

The senior citizen said his old outhouse not only survived decades of usage, but even being uprooted by a tornado in 1997.

Yet a visit by board of health officials resulted in the outhouse being condemned and that's when People Working Cooperatively offered to build a new structure for Preston.

While the farmer apparently misses his dilapidated outhouse, he's relieved he can still relieve himself outside.

"When you're in a house, sounds carry," Preston told the Enquirer. "Everybody knows your business."

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