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Naomi Trammel interviewed by Allen Tullos, Greenville, South Carolina, March 25, 1980. Interview # H-258 in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Provider
Southern Oral History Program
Date created
1980
Duration
1:06
File
MP3
License
This recording copyright ©2004. All Rights Reserved
Source
Original audio housed by UNC Libraries / Documenting the American South

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Naomi Trammel explains how she learned to weave from her husband at Poe Mill.

Transcript

ALLEN TULLOS:
Well, when you-all came here, and you finally did go back to work in the Poe Mill, what did you do there?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Well, I worked in the weave room. Percy—I didn’t know too much about weaving, so he run my looms and his looms, too, till I learned. He would. He’d run the whole thing.

ALLEN TULLOS:
So he was teaching you.

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Yeah, he was teaching me how to weave.

ALLEN TULLOS:
What kind of looms were those, do you remember?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Well, that was just a plain old loom Poe Mill, but now, at Judson, they got fancy looms up there.

ALLEN TULLOS:
The Poe Mill ones were like a Draper looms running plain goods, plain cloth, or sheets—?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Yeah, Draper. They’re Drapers, yeah. Just plain cloth. Was easy, wasn’t but two harness. Well, now, at Judson, they got lots of harness, you know.

ALLEN TULLOS:
And how many looms were you and your husband running?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
He’d have about ten, I’d have about eight. But he’d run ‘em, till I learned. Wasn’t hard.

ALLEN TULLOS:
How were you being paid back then, by the—?

NAOMI SIZEMORE TRAMMEL:
Well, you’d get pretty good pay then. They’d just get you a check. We’d get ‘em in a week there.