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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 >>

Faucette was taught to work hard and avoid gossip

Despite her father's improved economic status over other mill workers, the Marshall children were taught to work hard. Faucette also engages in a discussion of her father's dismissal of work gossip, which recurs later in the transcript.

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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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ALLEN TULLOS:
Well, did other people can or is that unusual?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Yeah, everybody canned. And you saved everything you could for winter time. 'Cause you didn't make but four and five dollars a week.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Because you all were the superintendent's family, did you all have a little more money or a little better wages than most of the people who worked.
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Well, daddy had a little better wages, but we didn't. We fared just like the rest of the help. It didn't make a bit of difference and I think he was stricter on us than he was the rest of the help. He made us do, and do right.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Who was that, your father.
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Yeah. And when we come from that mill, we didn't set at the table and talk about what the other fellow done down there-if we did we got our mouth mashed. He didn't laugh, no sir.
ALLEN TULLOS:
He was pretty strict.
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
He says, you leave the mill out of your conversation, he says, leave it, there's enough to talk about you all. And he didn't allow us to say a word about it.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Well, what kind of things-what was he talking about? [END OF TAPE 1, SIDE A] [TAPE 1, SIDE B] [START OF TAPE 1, SIDE B]
ALLEN TULLOS:
What kind of things did he talk about?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Well, you know how people will talk in a place like that-anywhere where there's a crowd. He didn't allow us to talk about it. He said, now let the other fellow do that.