Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Women and the Changing Times]
Mrs. J. R. Byrd
214 Masonic Building
February 8, 1940
WOMEN AND THE CHANGING TIMES
“It seems as though I have always worked with cotton in some form.” Said Mrs. Blount as she pressed some dress material. “Why before I started in the dressmaking business I used to help pick cotton. In fact I earned the money to buy my trousseau in this way.”
This busy little woman operates a dressmaking establishment in one of Augusta's large buildings on Broad Street. The place is a mecca for woman who for various reasons fail to find satisfactory clothes in the ready-to-wear shops.
“We are now citizens of Augusta and have made it our home for quite a number of years.” She went on. “However, I was born and reared in Walton County, near Mansfield, Georgia. My parents lived on a farm and had eight children - four boys and four girls. I am the eldest and there are three girls and three boys still living.
“My father was a good provider, but it kept him going pretty hard to support a large family. We did manage to live well, but I can assure you there was not much surplus money floating around our domicile. Everybody had to help when