Title: Oral History Interview with Naomi Sizemore Trammel, March 25, 1980. Interview H-0258.
Interviewer: Tullos, Allen
Interviewee: Trammel, Naomi Sizemore
Subjects: Greenville (S.C.)--Social life and customs Women in the textile industry Textile workers--North Carolina--Health and hygiene Children--Employment--South Carolina
Abstract: Naomi Sizemore Trammel grew up in the country but found it necessary to move to a nearby mill town at the age of ten when her parents died and she and her older sister had to support themselves. Trammel began a lifetime of textile mill labor in the spinning room of Victor Mill in Greer, South Carolina. She describes her experiences there and at two other mills before she left the working world at mid-century. Trammel began work as a child, but her job did not prevent her from having fun. In fact, for the duration of her employment in the mill industry, she recalls working at a comfortable pace and finding time for recreation. This interview offers a modicum of insights into mill work in early twentieth-century South Carolina and one mill worker's experience of some of the formative events of the era, including the Great Depression and the 1918 influenza epidemic.