SEGMENT: WOMEN'S WORK, MILITARY SERVICE, & URBAN FARMING
Alice Martin>UIS Collection K-M>UIS Collection K-M, Segment 10
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Her parents separated. Mother moved into Springfield, father stayed on the farm. In town, she had a garden and chickens until 1931.
- MILITARY SERVICE
- In 1917 her husband went into the service & went to Germany & returned when daughter was 8 months old.
- Gives names & residences of her 4 children. Husband returned from Germany & bought greenhouse
- URBAN FARMING
- He bought a green house at 16th and South Grand that carried flowers and vegetable plants. Mr. Factor, a Caucasian, was his partner. Good business on Decoration Day. She describes the repotting process. He partnered with Lewis South, who hauled dirt and coal and did the books. Jess did the greenhouse work and selling. Good business, but she and Mrs. South wanted to retire from the physical labor. She went back to help out when they sold out. She was seventy and prayed it would not kill her.