Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Miss D.
[CLINTON AVENUE SURVEY. FIRST BLOCK?]
[INTERVIEW WITH MISS. D.
P. K. [RUSSO?]
Miss. D. is a spinster, third generation Scotch, seventy-two years old, who lives alone in a single house on the upper end of the block. It is the only single house left on that side of the street, and stands back from the sidewalk with a fair sized lawn in front, and a large yard in the rear; none to the other houses has so much space around it. When we first covered the street, we were under the impression that the house was empty. The windows were completely shuttered, and there was no indication that the house was occupied. We did, however, knock at the back door. It was opened
Miss D. remembered very little about here early experiences. She told us her father had built the house the year after the great blizzard — fifty years ago. “[There?] were only three houses on the street then; [there?] were big open lots all around, and the Sound used to come almost up to [?] The boys used to jump from one bog to another. The railroad was on the street level then, and the big garage on State Street was a stable. I [was?] born at [Warehouse?] Point, twelve miles from Hartford. My father was a [?] and Oil Stove merchant. I can tell you all about oil stoves — and you'd be surprised to know that I can tell you how to manufacture in and all about tobacco. That's what everybody did around there. I came to [Bridgeport?] when I was nineteen — with the sister of our Methodist minister, who asked me if I wanted to come down to Bridgeport and work in a corset factory. I said, “[Sure?], I'll go', I was willing to take a chance. Then my sister [?] down — I really broke up our home; later on the whole family came down. Before my family came I boarded out with a private family on Lafayette [?]