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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Josephine Glenn, June 27, 1977. Interview H-0022. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Glenn describes where her children and grandchildren have gone

Though Glenn never moved away from the North Carolina Piedmont, her children and grandchildren had scattered more widely. Glenn and Kuhn discuss what she had dreamt for her children and what they were actually doing at the time of the interview.

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Oral History Interview with Josephine Glenn, June 27, 1977. Interview H-0022. 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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CLIFF KUHN:
How about your children? Where were they born?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
They were born in the country, in Alamance County.
CLIFF KUHN:
In which years were they born?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
Twenty-seven, '29, '30, and '33.
CLIFF KUHN:
What did they end up doing?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
Two of them are in textiles. One of them's a mechanic. One lives in Swepsonville. He works at Gibsonville. He runs a slasher.
CLIFF KUHN:
He drives all the way from Swepsonville to Gibsonville every day?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
Yes. And one lives in Gibsonville. He works for the City of Burlington.
CLIFF KUHN:
And what do their children do? Are their children still working in textiles?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
No, none of them's children work in textiles.
CLIFF KUHN:
Why do you think that is?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
They went to school and prepared themselves for a better job.
CLIFF KUHN:
Did you want that of your children, or what did you want? Did you want your children to follow what you had done or kind of work?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
I'd rather they'd make up their own minds as to what they think they . Now my youngest son, he lives in Charlotte and he's a mechanic. My daughter lives in Des Moines, Iowa. She's not able to do anything. She had a stroke this past .
CLIFF KUHN:
How did she end up in Des Moines?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
She married a man from there.
CLIFF KUHN:
How did someone from Alamance County meet a man from Des Moines?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
He was in service.
CLIFF KUHN:
At Fort Bragg?
JOSEPHINE GLENN:
No, it must have been Camp Lee. She was working in the bus station someplace in Virginia and met him.