Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Thomas Family]
February 8, 1939
Horase and Allie Thompson (real name)
Lake [Anoka?] Road
Avon Park, Florida
Barbara Berry Darsey, writer
Veronica [K. Huss?] and Robert Cornwell, revisers
THE THOMAS FAMILY
From the dirt road which curved around the lake shore a side view of the squalid Thomas home was visible long before I reached the house.
At one time the small, square, box-like house had evidently been painted but its color was now nondescript. Front and back porches, with rotted sills, sagged away from the house. The steps seemed ready to fall apart, while the porch roofs appeared to be in a state of imminent collapse.
The two windows of the house were hung with rusty, ragged screens, which were so awry that a large bird could enter with ease, and which afforded little protection against flies and mosquitoes. [A?] pane of glass had been broken from one window, and the opening was stuffed with rags and newspapers.
About the house stood citrus trees, both orange and grapefruit, heavily [laden?] with fruit. Much had fallen and lay decaying upon the ground. The yard was cluttered with an assortment of trash: tin cans, old bones bleaching in the sun, rotting fruit, a pile of brush, trimmings form some leafy vegetables, many bean hulls, and heaps of cinders and charred wood, evidence of many wash days. A rusty broken wire fence staggered along the side yard and supported a small scrawny [bougainvillen?]