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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Frank Gilbert, Summer 1977. Interview H-0121. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Changes in Conover, North Carolina

The Gilberts reflect on how Conover, North Carolina, has changed over their lifetimes. They agree that the most significant change has come in the way young people spend their time.

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Oral History Interview with Frank Gilbert, Summer 1977. Interview H-0121. 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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How do you feel that Conover has changed over the years?
MRS. GILBERT:
Oh, if you'd come down here, you'd have seen. There wasn't nothing in here when we moved down here but woods. [Laughter]
FRANK GILBERT:
We built this house here in 1938, and there wasn't another house along this road in this section anywhere. Miss Sarah Bolick lives way over there to Graded High, and Earle Bolick there. At least a mile and a half to the nearest house.
MRS. GILBERT:
The two houses right below that second brick house, Frank helped to build. They're still down there. Farrell lives in the first one.
PATTY DILLEY:
So you see that it's grown a lot in size and people? Do you think that people have changed any over the years?
MRS. GILBERT:
Oh, my, you wouldn't believe it.
FRANK GILBERT:
Just as long as it comes, you don't notice it too much, I don't think. If you'd been here then and not been back till now, you'd have saw a wonderful change in the people and everything else, but I didn't notice the change in the people too much.
MRS. GILBERT:
The young people is what's changed. They're so much different and live different. Of course, you've got more modern things than we had, too, and different things to do.