SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND

Geneva Sweet>ISM Interviews M-Z>ISM Interviews M-Z, Segment 13

SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND,

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FAMILY BACKGROUND
Father was a blacksmith and justice of the peace. She was born in 1911. Father held trials in the front yard. Mother was a teacher until she married; returned to teach in one-room schools six years later. Maternal grandparents lived nearby on 80 acres. Remembers that farm. An aunt Bess worked in the statehouse in Springfield; visited her and roamed the town. Her uncle Jay drove a streetcar. Geneva bought beads for fancywork and sheet music. Uncle Walter carried mail around the square. Made a shopping trip to Waverly and back by buggy. Visited grandmother's farm during threshing time. She and her mother helped with the meals. Fed fourteen men. Remembers hauling the wheat to the elevator. She sat on the gate to prevent the hogs from getting through.