Audio Recordings "I did all the farm chores."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Personal Experience Narratives
- "I did all the farm chores."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Schockley, Maggie (Creator)
- Schockley, Maggie (Interviewee)
- Created / Published
- Hillsville, Virginia
- Subject Headings
- - personal experience narratives
- - Ethnography
- - Interviews
- - United States -- Virginia -- Hillsville
- - Although Geraldine Johnson's notes indicate that this interview was cut short due to Mrs. Shockley's need to leave to take care of her mother, they nonetheless covered a lot of useful information within the limited time. Mrs. Shockley learned to quilt as a child, has made numerous quilts for her family, and sells quilt tops at a flea market. She talks a lot about her mother and has her mother's collection of quilt blocks. (Although not addressed in the interview, these blocks probably served as a reference collection, to remind the maker how the block goes together.) This interview is particularly interesting because of the amount of detail on the activities of an earlier quilting generation and because of Mrs. ShockleyÆs poignant comments about her realization that quilts are her motherÆs legacy.
- - Transcription: MS: I milked the cows, and churned the butter, and printed the butter, and well, all the farm chores. We had pigs, and you know, worked in the corn field. I hoed corn. We made garden, we canned, and something each year, around a thousand cans of vegetables and fruit and so on. And picked apples, and just, in the fall of the year we wrapped the apples in newspapers, and packed them in barrels, and put 'em in the buildings you know to keep. We didn't have the basements that we have today. And just, cooked. We did all the things that she taught us very early, you know to do all the things that she did. Grind the coffee to make this is putting it way back. This is telling you how old I am really. It was, you know to look back on it now, it's really enjoyable to think about. We really, we enjoyed the things that we did. We were, as I said, a large family, and, I only had three children, you know, it seems so different. I have four grandchildren.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R103
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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