SEGMENT: FAMILY, NON-FARM WORK, & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Mrs. Leland Hall>UIS Collection H-I>UIS Collection H-I, Segment 2

SEGMENT: FAMILY, NON-FARM WORK, & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES,

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FAMILY
Father liked to sit out in the woods and enjoy & appreciate nature. Father told her to sit & listen to the most beautiful music in the world, birds singing in the woods. This had a great influence on her view of nature. Leland and one brother did, too. Went to dances with brothers & she was accused of dating her brothers. Had seventh through tenth grades only at Sweetwater. Went to Greenview balls and had a dance club. Family was close, no fights. Had to be close because of illnesses and trouble.
NON-FARM WORK
Father quit farming to work for coal mines. He & another fellow leased a coal mine for 3-4 years. Then worked for Union Fuel Company (coal mining company). Father died at 54 of heart trouble. Mrs. Hall began working as a domestic for farmers whose wives were ill or needed help. She learned homemaking skills (cleaning & cooking) by helping her mother, who had a crippled hand for some time. Stayed as a live-in domestic Sunday night through Saturday night with her baby. Employer had a better washing machine, "it had a crank on it." She was paid $2/week. Then she went to work for the Belair's doing domestic work. Then went to work for the Kincaid's. She married at sixteen.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Went to activities like ice cream suppers with dates. Met Everett at one a town event. She took the train & he met the train. Young men had a habit hanging around train station to see who was getting on/off the trains. Everett walked her to work one day. They got married later that year.
FARMHOUSE
Description of setting up housekeeping in a rented house with her new husband. They had no tablespoons, four sets of knives, forks, and spoons, and four chairs and a table.