Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Three Generations]
“We prospered in our new environment. Mother was a good manager, and she had remarkable health. She purchased a house with a large yard in the outskirts of Atlanta, and installed her large family with all our household goods and [gads?]! The elderly man, Joe, she put in charge of the heavy work around the store, and paid him a dollar a day. The fifteen-year old girl, Susie, she also took to the store, where she was kept busy cleaning and dusting. She was paid a small wage, $2.50 per week, but had her meals at the house. Old Mammy Liza, Joe's wife, as general [fastetum?] at the house, Janie was cook, Louisa was housekeeper, while Lilly, the eighteen-year old girl, did the family sewing, later making draperies and other fittings for the store, and on customers' orders, when these things became the vogue. None of the house servants were paid wages; they had their own quarters in the big house where they lived their own lives, everything being furnished, and on birthdays and other anniversaries they were given money in addition to presents at Christmas and New Year's.
“We soon adapted ourselves to our surroundings, and while we missed the free life and the ‘wide, open spaces' of our old home in the country, we were a jolly crowd, were popular, liked company, and soon made a place for ourselves in Atlanta social life.
“Mother sent us all to college. My two brothers went to [Suwannee?] - one became a lawyer and the other a banker. Both are living in Alabama. An older sister married and also lives in Montgomery, Alabama.
“I always wanted to teach, so I was sent to Peabody Teachers College in Nashville, Tennessee. However, before our college days, mother saw that we had training for whatever accomplishments we