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Collection American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1940

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    Page 1 of [James Kerby Ward]

    26098 James Kerby Ward [4515 Shelby?] Street Jacksonville, Florida Bus Driver [White?] Lillian [Stodian?], writer February 17, 1939 Evelyn Werner, Reviser [26?] JAMES KERBY WARD After I got off the Ortega bus I walked four blocks that seemed like eight. My warm coat became warmer and heavier as I ploughed through ankle-deep sand. The Ward home on Shelby street in St. [Johne?] Park, the ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 2 of [James Kerby Ward]

    2 “Well, to begin with I'm the poorest feller you ever saw about remembering dates and such, my wife 'll have to help out a lot, I imagine. She's got a heap better mem'ry than me.” He raised his voice a trifle and called to his wife in the dining room, “Come in here, sweetheart, and set down a minute.” Turning to me, he ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 3 of [James Kerby Ward]

    3 suffers, ‘cause people just don't ride like they do in good times. They get out and walk where they want to go; and then, too, more people have bought cars since I went to work for the company. Believe me we can tell you how good business is all right, ‘cause when times pick up people ride a-plenty. “I been on the job ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 4 of [James Kerby Ward]

    4 generation ever thought about being. Nowadays you hear young men and girls a-saying that they are tired. [?] I wouldn't think of saying the work myself, and neither would [dad?], would you?” Mr. Ward smiled at her and said[:?] “I reckon we done right well. We coulda done better though if we hadn't had so much sickness. You know that takes a lot ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 5 of [James Kerby Ward]

    5 shoes [were?] on the floor beside me. He seemed quite embarrassed at having to retrieve them and explained a little defensively, “I have to rest my feet when I come to lunch.” As he walked into his room his mother whispered, “He's so proud I know he felt terrible to be barefooted while you were here.” Mr. Ward continued, “My two girls are ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 6 of [James Kerby Ward]

    6 look a heap better. “Yes, we spent considerable money on fixin up the place, but I do want the kids to have a nice home to remember after we are dead and gone. I want the girls and William to bring their friends home and have a good clean time. Now just last night there was a crowd here, a-playing and a-singin. Geneva ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 7 of [James Kerby Ward]

    8 furniture in the [living?] room was upholstered in [???], [?] soiled. The piano was an old upright with numerous photographs and several old hymnals on it. The electric sewing machine was [?] at the front window and over this was a scarf of [??]. There were more pictures of the family on the machine. “Now, that's Mr. Ward's pa and ma a-hanging up ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 8 of [James Kerby Ward]

    9 mentioned it today. He thinks he may go with the [Hygienio Company?]. He's a good talker if I do say so myself. Everybody says I got a mighty good boy. Anyway, he's the best one we ever had. “When I started working I got 40 cents an hour and we've been paid up to 53 cents, but have been cut down as low ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 9 of [James Kerby Ward]

    10 but some of it we did not vote for. I don't think much about the political parties. I just know that I am a old-fashioned Democrat, and don't fly the coop to vote for somebody else just to suit another feller. “I better get ready to go now. You can ride back with us. The car will be kinda crowded but there's always ...

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17
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    Page 10 of [James Kerby Ward]

    11 of Riverside Avenue and Day Street. Mr. Ward left the car to board a bus for the car barn and said to me as he got out, “I hope that story turns out all right, but I never was much of a talker, nohow.”

    • Contributor: [stodian?,] Lillian - Ward, James Kerby
    • Date: 1939-02-17