X hits on this document

49 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

6 / 20

Payne:  So, did everybody in New Albany have a cow?

Ray:  I don’t know about everybody but a lot of them did.

Payne:  Lots of folks had cows?

Ray:  Well, they didn’t drive cars back then, they couldn’t afford to run cars.  We didn’t have a car.  Gasoline was fifteen cents a gallon but we couldn’t afford it.

Payne:  Yes.

Ray:  If we’d had a car, we couldn’t have afforded it.

Payne:  Sure.  Well, if you’re making seventy-five cents a day, fifteen cents would have been a big part of your salary wouldn’t it … of your income?

Ray:  Yes.  But she had that insurance … a little insurance that she stretched pretty tight.

Payne:  So, did she get the insurance all at one time, or did it come ever …

Ray:  Yes. All at one time after my father died.

Payne:  And this was before Social Security?

Ray:  Oh, yes.

Payne:  So, she wouldn’t have gotten Social Security from your father’s death?  Just what the Methodist church provided?

Ray:  Yes, she got a little pension from the Methodist church.

Payne:  Oh, she did.  OK.

Ray:  It wouldn’t much but she got some.

Payne:  Yes, well … the nineteen thirties were tough weren’t they?

Ray:  They sure were (laughter)

Payne:  So …

Ray:  But we didn’t know we were poor.

Payne:  Did … So, you went to Memphis in nineteen thirty-nine and you, you came back to New Albany in nineteen forty?

6

Document info
Document views49
Page views49
Page last viewedSat Dec 10 05:18:02 UTC 2016
Pages20
Paragraphs425
Words4568

Comments