Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Albert Waybright]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
Mrs. Paul used to say they had to kill a man here in order to start a cemetery, people were that healthy. But I think he was killed by a well cave-in. Anyway the folks depended on their own home remedies.
Dog Fennel boiled with lard was used a great deal for sore throat. Elderberry blossom tea was thought to be the best treatment for fever and peppermint, which grew along the [?] was dried and given when anyone got a stomach-ache. People had a dread of being buried alive and a good many times bodies were kept for a week or more just to be sure. People didn't altogether trust doctors to know and some of them didn't have a doctor. [?]
Neighbors were few and far between in the earlier days and people's customs were likely to be what they had been used to where they came from.
One of our neighbors, who was one of the three first settlers here,[/?] married a woman who afterward was called “Queen Lil.”
They were trying to get her ousted from the old home place but she wouldn't budge, so they gave her this nickname because the government was having similar trouble at the same time trying to get shut of a queen on some of their islands.
When folks got to building bigger and better houses they would arrange them with parlor and a spare room. The parlor was only used when company come and was kept shut up most of the time with the curtains drawn. Enlarged pictures of relations were [hing?] on the walls and a large fancy covered photograph album was part of the furnishings.