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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Mareda Sigmon Cobb and Carrie Sigmon Yelton, June 16 and 18, 1979. Interview H-0115. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Cebe Sigmon moves his family to Hickory

Though the rest of his siblings farmed the family land, Cobb and Yelton's father Cebe was a carpenter and moved his family to Hickory, North Carolina, where he found work with the Elliot Building Company.

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Oral History Interview with Mareda Sigmon Cobb and Carrie Sigmon Yelton, June 16 and 18, 1979. Interview H-0115. 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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JACQUELYN HALL:
Why did your daddy go to Hickory instead of farming?
MAREDA SIGMON COBB:
He was a finished carpenter. He contracted jobs. He worked in Florida for years and years when Florida was being built up, and they was putting all them towns in Florida with the depots.
JACQUELYN HALL:
So he travelled around.
MAREDA SIGMON COBB:
Yes. And he worked for Elliot Building Company here in Hickory for years.
JACQUELYN HALL:
Is Elliot Building Company connected with Elliot Mills?
MAREDA SIGMON COBB:
I don't think so.
JACQUELYN HALL:
When was it that he moved to Hickory?
MAREDA SIGMON COBB:
I just don't remember. I wasn't born then. I was born here in Hickory. They had five boys. They had three, I think, when they come to Hickory, and then the rest of us was born in Hickory.