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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Naomi Sizemore Trammel, March 25, 1980. Interview H-0258. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Description of box suppers

Trammel describes box suppers. Her husband courted her by buying a dinner and asking her to share it with him.

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Oral History Interview with Naomi Sizemore Trammel, March 25, 1980. Interview H-0258. 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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ALLEN TULLOS:
Tell me about how you met your husband, and courting.
NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Well, let's see. I met him—they'd moved from Mills' Mill to Victor Mill. And I met him at a box supper one night. We used to have box suppers, you know. I met him that way.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Did he bid on your—?
NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Yeah, he bought me a box, and asked me if I'd eat with him. [laughter] Know, boys, they'd buy a box, you know, they'd have box supper. And then they'd go and get the girl they wanted, you know, to eat with 'em.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Did you make the box? I've heard it sometimes that the women would make the boxes, and the men would bid on the …
NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
The families would have the thing. They'd fix the boxes, you know, and sell 'em. And these boys would buy 'em, and then they'd go and get the girl they wanted to eat with them, you know. And that's the way I met him.