SEGMENT: ROADS, AUTOMOBILE, & RACE-RELATIONS

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SEGMENT: ROADS, AUTOMOBILE, & RACE-RELATIONS,

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TOWNS
Auburn had two blacksmith shops. One where Gyorko's Garage is now and one other. Where he had his mules & horses shoed. Tells how fast shoes wear out.
ROADS
Rural roads get mired in mud, sometimes taking four horses to pull an empty wagon. Note that one area of his road still has flooding problems. Later Auburn streets were oiled. Pavements came even later (1927) & there was a street party to celebrate. Describe hitching posts and park amenities.
AUTOMOBILE
First car he remembers was a neighbor's Hupmobile, then Model Ts, which sold for $500. Everyone had one. Had a top, side curtains, acetylene lights. Broke his arm cranking it up because they kicked. Filling stations and garages sprang up. Lists other shops in town - funeral parlors, implement stores.
POLITICS
He liked Roosevelt. Thinks rural women were not impressed with suffrage as much as city dwellers. His mother probably voted.
RACE-RELATIONS
Asked about race relations in Auburn, where no black families have lived as of 1980. He thinks blacks would not be accepted, and that they do not mix well. Interviewer tells the story of a Vietnam refugee family in town.