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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Eva Hopkins, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0167. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Courtship between Hopkins and her husband

Hopkins got acquainted with her future husband through attending sports, parties, and movies or sitting at home listening to the radio.

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Oral History Interview with Eva Hopkins, March 5, 1980. Interview H-0167. 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:
Didn't you tell me before that you met your husband at a ball game?
EVA HOPKINS:
At a ball game. It was right up here at Spencer and Herring Avenue. The ball field's still up there.
LU ANN JONES:
Do you remember what position he played?
EVA HOPKINS:
He wasn't playing ball. He was a spectator, and I was a spectator. I was watching him more than I was watching the ball game, and I think he was watching me more than he was watching the ball game. So that's how we met, and we started dating.
LU ANN JONES:
What would you all do for dates? Did you go with other kids?
EVA HOPKINS:
We would go to parties. They ran on the village, they would have parties. Different people would have parties on Saturday nights. Through the week, you didn't go much of anywhere because you were too tired because you worked. Mill work is hard work. We would go to parties. We would get the streetcar and go to town to a movie. Then on Sunday afternoons, you'd get out when the weather permitted. Other times, you stayed home and listened to the radio, sat in the parlor and listened to the radio [laughter] .
LU ANN JONES:
Do you remember what you listend to? Was it music, or. . . .
EVA HOPKINS:
On Staurday nights, we would listen to the Grand Old Opry. That's when it first started playing, got realy popular back then. Through the week, we would listen to the programs, "Mert and Marge," and "Amos and Andy," and all those things.
LU ANN JONES:
My mother talks about listening to the radio when she was growing up.
EVA HOPKINS:
We had a Victrola, the kind you wind.