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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Roy Ham, 1977. Interview H-0123-1. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Milk, bread, and an onion make good eating

Offering a glimpse of southern foodways, Ham remembers that in the winter, he and his classmates used to hang their buckets of milk and bread out of their schoolroom windows to keep them cool. Sometimes they added an onion to flavor the milk. "That was pretty good eating," he remembers.

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Oral History Interview with Roy Ham, 1977. Interview H-0123-1. 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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ROY HAM:
And most of the time we'd wade snow, a lot of times up to our knees, to get two miles to school.
PATTY DILLEY:
Bet it don't snow like that anymore.
ROY HAM:
No, it don't even snow up there. The winters have changed in that part of the country. And we always had to take a biscuit with something in it for lunch. And the wintertime, sometimes the children at that school would take milk and bread to school in a bucket and hang it out the window in the winter and keep it cool. Sometimes we'd wrap up an onion and stick it in our pocket to flavor the milk and bread. That was pretty good eating.
PATTY DILLEY:
You liked that?
ROY HAM:
Yes, ma'am. We didn't have any lunchrooms, period, when we went to school.