SEGMENT: COURTSHIP, NON-FARM WORK, & RECOLLECTIONS

Marie South Williams>UIS Collection T-Z>UIS Collection T-Z, Segment 22

SEGMENT: COURTSHIP, NON-FARM WORK, & RECOLLECTIONS,

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COURTSHIP
Discussion of her trouble deciding who to marry, her lifelong friend Frank or another railroad man named Frank.
NON-FARM WORK
Future husband worked for AT&T before he worked in the mines. Husband went to high school in DeSoto. Mrs. Williams tells of tutoring him for examination for advancement at Peabody Mining Company. Tells of his work as a lineman. Mrs. Williams tells about first house in Carterville, no plumbing. Description of husband's work in mine as a face boss. Mentions mule stables in mines. Talks of taking daughter into mines to smell powder (explosives) to cure whooping cough.
RECOLLECTIONS
Tells of her water breaking, but not knowing what that meant until husband called his mother. Did not know how to raise a baby either. Fed baby thin oatmeal, then bread & gravy. She could not breast feed. Discussion of people in a picture in DeSoto.