SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND, FAMILY FINANCES, & NEIGHBORS

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SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND, FAMILY FINANCES, & NEIGHBORS,

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COURTSHIP
Met future husband at dance on St. Patrick's Day. Went to shows.
FAMILY BACKGROUND
Husband's family were miners. Came from England. After marriage went to St. Louis for work. Then back to mines. Gives names & birthdates of 2 children. Mine work was not 5 days a wk. She worked at store in town. Did not have a car when they moved to Taylorville. Rented apartment for $5/wk. Paid doctor $2/month (taken out of mine salary by UMWA) for family care. Dr. Miller was company doctor who made house-calls.
NEIGHBORS
Made good, life-long friends in Taylorville. Friends were in mine company, miners & management. Main social activity was going to dances.
FAMILY FINANCES
Miners on strike for 6 months. Times were tough. Had to get other jobs. Ansell Triton had Red & White store that extended credit to miners. Many stores extended credit. Progressive Union not very active area. Mentions names of several stores in Taylorville including Calloway's & Doer's clothing stores.