Historical Interview - Sarah Lowery History 102 Batham 16...

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Sarah Lowery History 102 Batham 16 January 2008 Historical Interview The person I interviewed was my Great-Grandmother, Mary Ellen Carney. She was born and raised in Missouri, and currently lives alone on a 5 acre ranch out there. She had flown out to California with my Great-Uncle for the holidays, and during her stay with us, I decided to interview her because she always seems to have something to say about the past. The interview was taken place in my living room on January 8, 2009. I figured this would be a great person to interview for this class because she was born in 1919, and has lived through many of the events featured in the last few chapters of the book. Originally, I had questions I was planning to ask in order to tie it into what we are leaning in class, but as soon as I got her talking she took charge, but the information she told me I felt was just as important. The primary subject matter addressed was living at the time of the Great Depression, but matters such as the invention of electricity and motor vehicles are mentioned as well. I learned a lot from the interview about my Great-Grandmother that I didn’t know before. I had no idea how rough living in rural areas during the Depression were, since usually only large cities are featured in textbook readings. She lived in what was called the “Dust Bowl”, and it was very dry and so dusty that you couldn’t open your eyes sometimes. I also learned about her experiences with the first running water and electricity. Since she lived so far from major cities, it took over 15 years for it to reach the rural areas, and she emphasize how her family “lived like chickens”, and only used lanterns for light, and had to go to bed as soon as it was dark because there was really
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nothing else to do. I found this surprising because I had no idea it took that long for the invention of electricity to spread throughout America. Information like this isn’t featured in textbooks, and can only be received through such interviews. My Great Grandmother also spoke of the first time her family got a car. In 1928 or 1929, her father bought a Ford Model T. Surprisingly, she told me that they still took the horses into the nearest town (3 miles away) because the roads were dirt only. They used the car for traveling to other towns that were further away and that had paved roads. She also mentioned the first tractors that the family used for farming. Since farming was such a large part of their lives, tractors were more important than cars, and she described the development of tractors, from the first tractors with iron wheels to more modern day ones with air conditioning. The interview was worthwhile in terms of some history, but not the type of history one would think about. She didn’t mention anything about war, but more on how the important inventions that we take for granted today changed her life completely. I learned a lot about my great grandmother during this hour long interview, more than I
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