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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Paul Edward Cline, November 8, 1979. Interview H-0239. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A mill family grows their own food

Cline remembers his family's foodways. They raised animals, tended a garden, and put up fruit preserves.

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Oral History Interview with Paul Edward Cline, November 8, 1979. Interview H-0239. 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:
Did you all ever have a garden?
PAUL CLINE:
Sure, we had garden. My daddy had a garden all the time. Had plenty to eat. We had a cow, had hogs. The company'd let you have it them. My daddy always had a cow. He raised some of the biggest hogs you ever seen. It really helped out.
ALLEN TULLOS:
Would your mother do things like preserve foods?
PAUL CLINE:
Yeah. I miss them good old preserves. We used to fuss, me and my brother, about doing this and that, but boy, when winter come, we didn't mind eating it. Kids, you know, growing up, but after we got a little bigger, we wanted to do all there was to it yourself. We picked blackberries, peaches, and put up beans, canned sausage, and all that. Very seldom, there for years, we didn't buy too much stuff out of the store. We was more fortunate because daddy was a go-getter about working side jobs. He could farm, he could do anything. He'd make money on the side.