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Transcribed on June 20, 2023
G: You said you didn't have memories of going up and visiting Aunt Alice. Did any of your brothers and sisters ever go up to that home?
C: Not that I know of. Yes, I went up at one time. I remember we had worked hard down here, and I got awfully tired. I said to Father, "I would like to have a little vacation. I've just given out." He said, "All right, go up to Georgetown and help them up there." So he sent me up to Georgetown. I spent the whole month there helping them. Their procedure of harvesting was somewhat different than we down here.
G: How old were you?
C: I must have been about fifteen.
G: Had you ever met Aunt Alice before this trip?
C: Yes, I had known her I guess not ever since they were married but soon after.
G: Your father married Alice before your mother had any children. So then she went up to Georgetown before you were born. When did you ever have any contact with Alice?
C: She used to come down occasionally. Father would bring her down. Centerville was her home as a girl. She had plenty of relatives down here and she used to come down occasionally. Of course, she would come to Mother's place as a stopping point. Then she would go and visit her relatives.
G: When she would come down, would she come alone and not bring her children?
C: I don't remember of her bringing the children.
G: Tell me some more about this so called vacation you had going up to Georgetown. What was it like living in Aunt Alice's home?
C: When I went there, I was treated just like one of her children. You would never know the difference. We lived together, ate together and slept together. It was always just the same as though I was part of their family. When Walter came, which he did one summer, he was treated the same down here. There was no distinction between us. There was no preference given to anyone. We were all brothers and sisters.
G: How did your father handle the division of resources between the two families?
C: I didn't know all of the financial setup of my father. As far as I know, money that was earned up there or made up there was given to them up there. But there was one other thing that entered in, and I don't know how it was divided. In those days they used to drive cattle. In the spring they would drive them up to Georgetown and graze them on the hills and on the pastures there. In the fall they would bring them back. They had some dairying there, and Father had dairying here. When they would get some young calves that looked
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