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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Johnnie Jones, August 27, 1976. Interview H-0273. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

An inexpensive rental home courtesy of Pomona Terracotta

Jones recalls his first home, a company house his family rented from Pomona Terracotta Company for a quarter a week. Rent rose over time, but his parents never paid for their electricity or water.

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Oral History Interview with Johnnie Jones, August 27, 1976. Interview H-0273. 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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BRENT GLASS:
Can you tell me something about the first house you remember living in?
JOHNNIE JONES:
Yes. It was down on the job, a little old red … a little old house painted red. Let me see, how many rooms did that house have to it: one, two, three, four, five, six. Six rooms.
BRENT GLASS:
Was it a frame house?
JOHNNIE JONES:
Frame house, yes.
BRENT GLASS:
Was it a company… ?
JOHNNIE JONES:
Yes, a company house, paying twenty-five cents a week rent. That's what they paid.
BRENT GLASS:
For a room or for the whole house?
JOHNNIE JONES:
For the whole house: no light bill, water bill or nothing to pay. We lived in it first before they even wired it up for lights; we lived in there. And when they wired it up for light I think it went up another quarter. And they lived there, as far as I know, twenty or twenty-five years right there, and that's all they paid. Then way bye and bye it went another quarter. And they built some new houses; built them out of blocks. Now the rent went from seventy-five to a dollar and a quarter. That would get you some pretty good housing then. It went to a dollar and a quarter: no light bill, no water bill or nothing to pay. Just pay that dollar and a quarter a week; they'd take it out on you.