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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Ethel Marshall Faucette, November 16, 1978, and January 4, 1979. Interview H-0020. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Family garden required outside help

Faucette describes the types of food her father grew in his garden. Because of her father's job at the mill, he had to rely on hired out farm hands.

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Oral History Interview with Ethel Marshall Faucette, November 16, 1978, and January 4, 1979. Interview H-0020. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Pintos and snap beans, and corn. See daddy had fifty acres of land back up in the country and he had a colored man that raised a garden up there. He didn't farm, he just raised a garden. Well he raised beans and corn.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Do you remember the name of the corn?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Truckers Favorite. We have it now.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Same kind.
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Yes.
ALLEN TULLOS:
And what else would he raise.
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
He raised watermelon, canteloupes.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Do you remember the names of any of those? Particular kind of watermelons?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
No. We had the George Rattlesnakes.
ALLEN TULLOS:
I've seen that one-it's got stripes.
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Yeah, and they're dark green and a white looking melon but I can't think of the name of that. But I know we had two or three different kinds. And he raised 'em, or had 'em raised-he didn't raise 'em, 'cause he worked at the mill.
ALLEN TULLOS:
What were some other things, would he raise tomatoes?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
He'd raise tomatoes, and onions, and okra, and-we raised all kind of vegetables-and he canned 'em. We had to gather 'em, wash 'em, get 'em everything ready and packed in the can and he'd come home in the afternoon, he sealed 'em.