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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with George and Tessie Dyer, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0161. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Tessie Dyer's parents gardened and raised livestock at their Charlotte home

Tessie Dyer's parents raised a garden and livestock at their Charlotte home, as did many of their neighbors. Tessie contines to grow vegetables and can them but not as much as her parents did.

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Oral History Interview with George and Tessie Dyer, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0161. 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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LU ANN JONES:
When you first moved to Charlotte, I guess that would have been in the mid 20's when you got here. What did the mill village look like? Did people have gardens and animals?
TESSIE DYER:
Oh, me, yeah. They had gardens, they had chickens, I had cows, pigs. . . .
LU ANN JONES:
Did you all have that?
TESSIE DYER:
We had cow one time, I remember in Concord when I was little. Then we had some pigs too because I remember when daddy killed one, it was a great big old thing. Heared it holler when they killed it.
LU ANN JONES:
Did you have animals once you lived here, or did you have a garden?
TESSIE DYER:
Have animals, un-uh, no.
LU ANN JONES:
Did you raise a garden, though?
TESSIE DYER:
Yeah, I used to help my father out here have a garden. That's the reason he don't understand me now, why I don't help him. I do sometime, little things.
GEORGE DYER:
I like gardens.
TESSIE DYER:
I know daddy, he always had lot of cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, things like that. Corn is one thing we never did try to raise out here.
LU ANN JONES:
Did your mother can out here?
TESSIE DYER:
Yeah, my mother canned a lot of stuff, and I can a lot of stuff too now. I canned sixty-four pints of green beans last summer besides the tomatoes I canned, and red beets, canned a lot of those.
LU ANN JONES:
You've got a can of green beans for every week of the year then.