Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Janie Solomon]
“Then last summer he took awful sick with the malarial and we had to get Dr. Burns in to cure him. I don't reckon I'll ever get all the doctor bills paid up.”
When he's able now, Mr. Solomon runs the elevator at the Gibson Mill, but usually he doesn't work more then two or three days a week. Sometimes he earns 50¢ or so from renting out a bony horse and an old plow he owns. Of course, the horse has to be fed, but Janie said it could just about pick its living in the summertime.
The oldest Solomon girl, who is seventeen, works in the mill when she is able, but she has “the low blood pressure and dizzy spells so that she falls right over sometimes.” She's been having ear trouble too and was at the doctor's office the afternoon I met the rest of the family. Janie says the girl has been trying all summer to got t job in the mill, but work has been so slack they were laying hands off instead of hiring them.