Thanks for the fast reply Ed! The reason I am going with the 1,000 gallon cistern is that the previous owner purchased it and had it set in the ground next to the well casing. I agree, I would go much bigger if I had to buy one. The well drilling guy says it is a 2,000 cement tank but the previous owner says 1,000. I am also considering adding a second WS350 Wellextroll pressure tank in the house if demand frequently exceeds the capacity of the cistern and tank in the garage shop. Between the capacity of the well (which I estimate at about 100 to 150 gallons), the cistern which worst case is 1,000 gallons, the pressure tank which holds 119 gallons(of which the bladder can push out about 35 gallons), and if needed; a second 119 gallon tank; that should give me around 1,200 to 1,300 gallons to draw from.
The well has NO sediment or mud in it, or at least not so the pump can pull it up. Evidently this well has been run dry on several occasions and when it ran dry on me; not one bit of mud, muddy water or anything came out of the hose prior to running dry. It just quite cold and was running clear water.
I agree with you about keeping things manual but in this case, the well does not have the immediate capacity to fill the cistern without running dry. It must be placed on a timer to allow the well to recharge as I suspect it can safely run about 100 to 150 gallons at a time and even that might be pushing it a bit.
The septic tank is a 750 gallon tank so I expect to have to pump it periodically. It is not too difficult to get at now that I have found it and know exactly where to dig.
I was thinking the same thing as you about the 120 volt pumps and being able to run them on my generator if required.
Again thanks for your thoughts........ gave me some good ideas to consider!