Mill Village and Factory: Interviews

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Mack Duncan describes his first job in the mill cleaning looms for twenty cents and hour and learning to weave. (2:39)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mack Duncan discusses the mill houses in which he lived and the improvements that were made to them.  (8:40)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mack Duncan discusses the placement of looms and on-the-job injuries.  (6:09)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mack Duncan talks about company support of churches in the mill village.  (4:27)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mack Duncan discusses his friendships with people at work and in the mill village (1:38)  Mack Duncan interviewed by Allen Tullos in Greenville, South Carolina, June 7 and August 30, 1979. Interview # H-242 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Flossie Durham talks about beginning work at the mill in Bynum.  (1:10)  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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Flossie Durham describes her first wages.  (0:53)  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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Flossie Durham talks about her first day of spinning.  (0:52)  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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Flossie Durham talks about her friends in the mill and the mill village as one big family.  (1:43)  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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Grover Hardin discusses the mill village house his family lived in. (2:26) Grover Hardin interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview #H-249 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Grover Hardin talks about leaving school to become a sweeper in the mill. (1:14) Grover Hardin interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview #H-249 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Grover Hardin describes the impact of the dust in the cotton mill on his health. (4:13) Grover Hardin interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview #H-249 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Grover Hardin discusses the practice of workers staying in the same jobs for life. (1:37) Grover Hardin interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview #H-249 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Eula McGill talks about her first job as a spinner. (2:42) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Eula McGill talks about her dislike of work and how show would get through her day. (2:24) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about drawing in. (3:13) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about the gardens and animals her family kept in the mill village. (2:59) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about going to work over the summers when she was 14. (3:34) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about the lack of competition among coworkers. (2:25) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about company support for the churches in mill villages. (2:16) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson describes the close-knit community of the mill village. (2:42) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about workers singing on the job. (1:29) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson talks about workplace pranks and practical jokes. (0:51) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Mary Thompson and her husband Carl discuss injuries in the workplace. (1:36) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel discusses her first job spinning. (1:04) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel talks about long hours and playing in the mill. (1:21) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel discusses the work hours and pay in the spinning room. (1:49) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel describes her work routine. (1:41) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel explains how workers got lunch without having a lunch break. (1:40) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel talks about transferring to the weave room, but transferring back to avoid illness. (1:03) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.

Naomi Trammel explains how she learned to weave from her husband at Poe Mill. (1:06) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.  

Naomi Trammel talks about entertainment in the mill village. (1:48) 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. You can hear this interview in MP3 format or streaming Real Media format.