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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 >>

Mills sponsored social activities for their workers

The mill owners provided baseball grounds for different mill companies to play against each other. However, mill workers were forbidden to engage in leisure activities on Sundays for religious reasons.

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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:
They had baseball games. It was played back up yonder, the other side of the old home place. Until Bob Holt gave 'em a ball ground and told 'em now they had to play up there. And so they did, they played up there. That's up there out across the highway from the school house, I expect you've been by there.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Would they just kind of choose up and play or would there be a team?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
There'd be a team that'd come in from Carolina or from Altamahaw or Ossipee or Hopedale. Different places would come in and play with 'em.
ALLEN TULLOS:
When would those games be held?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
On Saturday afternoon. `Cause they worked every day but Saturday.
ALLEN TULLOS:
They wouldn't ever play on Sunday?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
No sir, you didn't play on Sunday. If you did you got one of the worst whippings you ever got.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Could you do anything on Sunday?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
No, you couldn't cut up and play on Sunday. Sunday was the Sabbath.
ALLEN TULLOS:
You couldn't go fishing either could you?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Nope, you didn't go fishing, you didn't go to a ball game, you didn't go to a movie picture show, and nothing like that on Sunday. Sunday was kept holy.
ALLEN TULLOS:
People would cook though, wouldn't they?
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
Yeah, they'd cook, but they didn't go . . . [END OF TAPE 2, SIDE B] [TAPE 3, SIDE A] [START OF TAPE 3, SIDE A]
ETHEL MARSHALL FAUCETTE:
to different places.