Interview With Lilly B. Hurst

Amanda: Okay, I'll go ahead and get started with the first question. Where did you go to school and how many students were there?

Lilly: I went to school at Gassville and I also went to school at Flippin. But, I think I went to uh, uh Gassville first. And I don't remember, we didn't have very many and as I said we had three classed in the same (pause) room. One teacher. And, there wasn't very many, probably 12 at the most.

Amanda: Do you remember your teacher?

Lilly: Ya, Della Herin. And, remember that school over there is named after her. Del Della Ruth Herin. Elementary at Mountain Home at Mountain Home. The school is named after her.

Amanda: What type of classes did you have? Were they just the basics?

Lilly:M Just basics.

Amanda: Um, were there any clubs or sports?

Lilly: No.

Amanda: Do you remember what it was like, the school was like? Was it laid back or was it... did you have a certain curriculum you had to follow?

Lilly: Well, I guess we had our studies to get and everything like that if that's what you mean.

Amanda: Kay um, what did you do for fun?

Lilly: Well, we played ball on the schoolyard and we played uh, hopscotch and uh, probably hide and seek and stuff like that.

Amanda: And were there any movie theaters, dance clubs, or other gathering places that you went to? (Last words spoken at same time)

Lilly: No, nothing, no.

Amanda: Did you gather at other people's houses or...

Lilly: Ya, we went to people's houses, spend the night and stuff like that but, we didn't have parties or anything else.

Amanda: Ya. When did you get your first television?

Lilly: Oh, that was after me and Jay was married. That was a long time after as, uh, in the fifties. Fifty fifty-five, fifty-five, I think. No, it was 52 (mumbles) 52 and as uh that's the first one we got. I, I don't think they'd been out too awful long.

Amanda: Do you remember what it was like, like was it scratchy?

Lilly: No it, it was pretty good, pretty good (mumbles). I know we used to like to watch The Lone Ranger (laugh). Did you ever see The Lone Ranger?

Amanda: Ya, I think it's still on at (mumbles). Um, did you go on family vacations?

Lilly: No, we didn't know what a vacation was.

Amanda: What is your most memorable recreational event?

Lilly: I guess on Sunday playing ball with our family.

Amanda: Did you ever do anything that you (clock chimes) weren't supposed to?

Lilly: Well, probably. Little mischievous things.

Amanda: No.

Lilly: That we got into and about.

Amanda: No big trouble?

Lilly: No big trouble. (Hannah sneezes loudly in the background) Nothing with the law. I don, don't remember people getting arrested very much then.

Amanda: Um, who was your first real love?

Lilly: I guess it was Jay C. Hurst my husband (laughs)

Amanda: That's a good answer. How long did you and your husband date before you got married?

Lilly: Probably a year (pause). But, I'd known him a lot longer than that. We was neighbors. (laughs)

Amanda: What did you do on your dates?

Lilly: Guess we probably went to movies went to the show movies.

Amanda: Where was the movie theater.

Lilly: Flippin (interrupted)

Amanda: At Flippin. How much did it cost to get in?

Lilly: 15 cents (pause, laughs)

Amanda: How did you dress when you went on dates? Did you dress up or did you just go casual?

Lilly: Just casual.

Amanda: How would you describe your relationship with your husband?

Lilly: I, I'd say good friends.

Amanda: Kay, what is your most memorable hunting or fishing event?

Lilly: Most memorable? Taking my mother down to the Ranchettes and watching her catch so many fish.

Amanda: She good at it?

Lilly: She would catch em when we couldn't. And it took us takin' off her hook. We couldn't fish very much for taking em' off her hook. And, she was 90 years old.

Amanda: Where did you like to hunt did, did you ever...

Lilly: I didn't hunt.

Amanda: And, you went fishing down at the Ranchettes?

Lilly: A lot.

Amanda: Were there any laws to abide by while hunting or fishing?

Lilly: There was then, ya. But, they didn't when I was growing up there wasn't.
Just after we was married and uh, there was laws then. You could catch six trout, that was the limit. An, I think that's the way it is today too.

Amanda: Ya, but before there weren't? Like when you were a child?

Lilly: When I was a child there wasn't any laws against hunting. We hunted and uh we caught rabbits in traps and that was one way me made our meat. Ya know, got our meat. Used to kill squirrels and rabbits. I helped my brother make the traps we made out of a log and you put a trap door on it, puttin' things back in it and when that thing went in it trapped, hit that and the door shut and it couldn't get out.

Amanda: And how often did you fish? Often?

Lilly: We, well, after we was married when we was talking about, we fished a lot.
We didn't fish much when I was a kid. But, when me and Jay and mom went we fished ever day nearly. When it was warm, you know in the summer time.

Amanda: Ya. On average how much money did you spend at the grocery store compared to now?

Lilly: Oh my goodness, I like making a nickel and hour I wouldn't think we'd spend very much. Probably a (while laughing) dollar would be a lot.

Amanda: And how was the economy when you were a teenager?

Lilly: It probably wasn't very good but we lived alright because um we just lived off the farm.

Amanda: Um, what was the average price of a car when you first got a car?

Lilly: We didn't have a car. Oh, when me and Jay got a car. What, how much did you pay for a car can, do you remember? The first one I got ~ that model A wasn't it. Ya. I think I give $55 for it, I think. A new car when they first come out the model T then the model A whenever they come out you'd get one for, you'd get a model T for $400 and you'd get a model A for $800. $6800. You, I mean you.

Amanda: A nice new car. Okay, um how much was considered minimum wage?

Lilly: Well, I don't really know uh when I was a child I worked for a nickel an hour. My mother a dime they give her a dime cause she was older than me and but, I think I did as much work as she did (long pause) It was uh less than 2 dollars. He worked for fifteen.

At this point in my interview my tape broke. However, the details still remain vivid in my mind so I will summarize the final thoughts.

Lilly picked cotton when she was growing up. She lived on a farm, was a sharecropper, they never actually owned the farm. The depression affected the family but, it affected all families. Every family was poor. No family had it better than anyone else and they all tried to help each other. Home remedies she said worked and were used. No home remedies were given, however.
The interview was a great experience. I am lucky to have interviewed a family member. I learned a lot more about my family that I might not have ever known. The interview gave me a lot of information that is priceless. Now, my children will know how it was like during the earlier years of the 1900's. I am very proud to have been a part of this project. I have learned to value what is in the past. If the past is recorded and remembered it will live on forever.

Interview and writings by Amanda Flemming
Put on web by Wade McBee