SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND, NON-FARM WORK, & RECOLLECTIONS
Marie South Williams>UIS Collection T-Z>UIS Collection T-Z, Segment 21
- NON-FARM WORK
- Discussion of how people became doctors at end of 19th & early 20th century. Mention of carpet weavers selling their goods & others having vegetable stands along road.
- Story of grandmother seeing first train.
- FAMILY BACKGROUND
- Story of death of her father while riding to a barn fire on his day off. Mrs. Williams went to live with grandmother, mother worked in a store. Mrs. Williams tells of girl hired to take care of home while Mrs. Williams taught school. Discussion of how children were raised in 1920's in DeSoto, what they were fed, etc. Story of selling her car & not knowing what a certified check was. Tells of grandfather's failing health & death caused hardship & difficult family finances. Grandmother sold her share of the family farm to a coal mine.