February 14, 2010

On Being a Hoosier...In Missouri...and I've Never Lived in Indiana

In case you didn't know, Indiana is the Hoosier State. I've driven through Indiana, but never lived there. Yet I AM a hoosier.

Indiana Hoosier


Kitchen Hoosier

I knew about the Hoosier State, and I also knew about the kitchen kind of Hoosier:



The typical Hoosier cabinet consists of three parts. The base section usually has one large compartment with a slide-out shelf, and several drawers to one side. Generally it sat on small casters. The top portion is shallower and has several smaller compartments with doors, with one of the larger lower compartments having a roll-top or tambour. The top and the bottom are joined by a pair of metal channels which serve as the guide for a sliding countertop, which usually has a pair of shallow drawers affixed to its underside. The whole assembly, with the counter retracted, is fairly shallow, about 2 feet deep; the width and height are generally about 4 feet and 6 feet respectively.

A distinctive feature of the Hoosier cabinet is its accessories. As originally supplied, they were equipped with various racks and other hardware to hold and organize spices and various staples. One particularly distinctive item is the combination flour-bin/sifter, a tin hopper that could be used without having to remove it from the cabinet. A similar sugar bin was also common.
Special glass jars were manufactured to fit the cabinet and its racks. Original sets of Hoosier glassware consisted of coffee and tea canisters, a salt box, and four to eight spice jars. Some manufacturers also included a cracker jar. One distinctive form was a cylindrical jar with a ring molded around its center, to allow it to rest in the holes of a metal hanging rack.
On the inside of the doors, it was common to have cards with such information as measurement conversions, sample menus, and other household helps.

St. Louis Hoosier 

When I first moved here, I'd hear native St. Louisans refer to people as Hoosiers. Could all these people be from Indiana? And can they tell they're from Indiana just from looking at them? Wow, that's quite a talent to cultivate!

Here's what UrbanDictionary says about hoosiers:

Hoosiers are white trash of the worst kind. Also used as an adjective to describe anything several notches below your own perceived sophistication.

Apparently, anyone who doesn't live in the more affluent areas of St. Louis city can be called a hoosier. Or the label could be assigned based on your clothing (camouflage or dated), your haircut (mullet, femullet with bangs), or your mode of transportation (minivan, pickup). Oh, and if you live in a trailer, you're a hoosier, nodoubtaboutit.

Let me tell ya somethin', St. Louis - there are whole lot more of us hoosiers than you guys! Three hundred million Americans in this country - that adds up to a whole buncha hoosiers!

Well, time for me to brush my mullet, put on the cammie shirt and head out to Wal-Mart in the minivan. 

I'll be lookin' hoosierific...like my fellow hoosiers! Oh, and the cat lady? She frequents my local Wal-Mart.

Maybe those St. Louis folks are right.


  1. Well as a Canadian, I can vouch that "Hoosier" knows no county line, no country borders. They are everything and we should all stand proud and unite! Unless you don't want to be a Hoosier, then we'll all stand proud and beat them with sticks!

    Happy Valentine's Day. :)

  2. I had no idea it was also used that way. Ya learn something everyday:)


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