Mill Village and Factory: Voices

Flossie Durham

Flossie Moore Durham interviewed by Mary Frederickson and Brent Glass, Bynum, North Carolina, September 2, 1976. Interview # H-66 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Flossie Durham talks about beginning work at the mill in Bynum.(See transcipt)

Flossie Durham describes her first wages. (See transcipt)

Flossie Durham talks about her first day of spinning. (See transcipt)

Flossie Durham talks about her friends in the mill and the mill village as one big family.(See transcipt)

 

Eula McGill

Eula McGill interviewed by Jacquelyn Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1976. Interviews #G-39 and G-40 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eula McGill talks about her first job as a spinner. (See transcipt)

Eula McGill talks about her dislike of work and how show would get through her day.(See transcipt)

Mary Thompson

Carl and Mary Thompson interviewed by James Leloudis, Charlotte, NC, July 9, 1979. Interview #H-182 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mary Thompson talks about drawing in. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson talks about the gardens and animals her family kept in the mill village. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson talks about going to work over the summers when she was 14. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson talks about the lack of competition among coworkers. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson talks about company support for the churches in mill villages. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson describes the close-knit community of the mill village. Her husband, Carl, speaks as well. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson talks about workers singing on the job.(See transcipt)

Mary Thompson talks about workplace pranks and practical jokes. (See transcipt)

Mary Thompson and her husband Carl discuss injuries in the workplace. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel

Naomi Trammel interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-258 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Naomi Trammel discusses her first job spinning. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel talks about long hours and playing in the mill. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel discusses the work hours and pay in the spinning room. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel describes her work routine. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel explains how workers got lunch without having a lunch break. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel talks about transferring to the weave room, but transferring back to avoid illness. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel explains how she learned to weave from her husband at Poe Mill. (See transcipt)

Naomi Trammel talks about entertainment in the mill village. (See transcipt)