Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Nina Boone]
Spencer Mill Village
Spindale, N. C.
September 26, 1938
I. L. M.
They live right on the rim of Happy Hollow. Their small three-room house looks out over a strip of woods in which are located all hogpens belonging to residents of Happy Hollow. Happy Hollow is that part of the Spencer Mill Village which rambles gradually over three streets, down into a valley-space covered by green, shade-giving trees. The day in late September when I went to see Nina Boone, I went past the little valley, followed the up-grade, dusty road around a bend and stopped in front of Nina's house.
The front of the house perched up on tall, skinny, brick pillars which gave its rear end the appearance of having been dumped on the ground. Up under the front of the house Nina has stored an old trunk and a broken-down chair. Nina has no room inside for storing any article not in use. She tries as best she may to provide living-space for her six children, herself, and husband.
I heard the heavy tread of an old sewing machine come to an abrupt halt as I walked up on the porch. Tiny feet scurried over the rough floor, and when Nina came to the door three of her small children were at her heels.