Ray: Her grandmother and my grandfather were first cousins. So, I don’t know what that makes us.
02:58 Payne: So, when you came here, how did your mother provide for you?
Ray: Not very well. It was … we were very poor.
Ray: Because my father had just died. And he was a Methodist preacher. And so, we didn’t have a whole lot to begin with. And so, things were cheap here. She just worked hard. She worked at a dry goods store for about seventy-five cents a day back then … and she made those dollars stretch.
Payne: How did she stretch them?
Ray: We just didn’t have much.
03:44 Payne: Seventy-five cents a day is not very much (Ray: No.) to support you and were there brothers and sisters too?
Ray: Two sisters.
Payne: So, it was three girls.
Ray: And the grocery bill was just about eighteen dollars a month. Everything was cheap then after the depression.
Payne: But that still wasn’t … if she was making only seventy-five cents, eighteen dollars is a lot of money.
Ray: It really was. She had to stretch it. She just … she worked hard. And she didn’t go to the grocery store to get biscuits, she made them.
Payne: But still … lets see, seventy-five cents a day gives her … three, three seventy-five a week.
Ray: But she had a little insurance money from my daddy’s death.
Payne: I see.
Ray: So, she stretched it pretty tight.