Saturday nights relaxing at a grocery store near Burlington, North Carolina
Truitt recalls Saturday nights at his father's store near Burlington, North Carolina. Locals would pass a bottle and share stories, songs, and pickled pigs' feet.
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Oral History Interview with Herman Newton Truitt, December 5, 1978. Interview H-0054. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- ALLEN TULLOS:
And you say people used to come in here on Saturday night sometimes?
- HERMAN NEWTON TRUITT:
Well, yes. The time that I've told you about this morning when
we were talking was when my father operated the store. He kept it open
late. We used to, when we started, keep it open till eight or nine
o'clock in the night. But when World War II came along and
goods were scarce, rationed and all, we started closing at six
o'clock. We maintained that for the rest of the period when
we were trying to do a full amount and do all the business that we
could. We started our retirement nearly two years ago. I mean closing
out the business two years ago. We started about
January the first, 1977. So two years we've been on this.
But when I was a schoolboy, along about the time I was in seventh
grade—I remember particularly that—father would
stay open until nine o'clock on Saturday nights. At that time
they had a bunch of pretty regular customers who would maybe celebrate a
little bit by…smelling the bottle, or tasting a little when
they'd come by. Sometimes there was a jews harp, and a
violin, what you'd call a fiddle. Play the fiddle and jews
harp around on Saturday night. They'd sit around
with—they had pig feet in the barrel, crackers in the barrel.
They'd eat pig's feet and crackers and sausage and
snack like a person drinking likes to do sometimes.