Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Principal of Grammar School]
As you can see the furniture in this room are odds and ends of very old furniture.
“The coolest room up here is the sleeping porch”. I followed her down the steps, through a curtain, and entered a small hall. The door in front of me opened into the bath room. Martha said, “I had this old wardrobe fitted in this space of the hall to hold my linens.” She opened the double doors, and every shelf was filled with various household linens, put on the shelves at random. “This is the sleeping porch,” she said, opening the door that leads into the room. There was a white iron bed with a candlewick spread on it, large dark oak dresser, and table with with a reading lamp on it. Martha said, “I am ashamed for you to see this room, everything so torn up. Clothes everywhere, but I did want you to see this old desk. My first husband was a barber and was employed by a [Corman?], who when he went out of business gave it to my husband as a gift of appreciation for his faithful work. The man brought it to America from Germany when he came over.
“Let's go downstairs. I want to show you the goldfish pool. I made it myself with the help of a young boy I paid 50cts.” When we reached the porch, she said, “Come this way to the terrace. Here is my pool. The water lilies haven't done so well this year. On real hot nights I come out here and sit in the [pergola?]. I am proud of my house because I bought and paid for it myself, which represents several thousand dollars. I get $10 a month for the one you see back of my house. Lots of Negroes will spend everything they make on their back, things to eat, and a car, but I try to even mine up, and I didn't buy my Dodge until I felt I could afford it.
“[Then?] my children were small, up the street nearer town, nothing but Jews lived along there. They used to tell me, ‘martha, your children are going to be bowlegged, you walk them so far back and forth to school. Why don't you take a streetcar’ ‘Because I can't afford it.’ I would tell them. ‘that 30cts a day would buy food for us.’ They stayed well, for I learned in my course the proper food to give them and