Willene tells Jonathan about life in Glendale.

Interview with
Willene Martin,
Glendale Resident and Mill Employee

February, 2001

Glendale Mill today.

 

At the early age of thirteen she went to work in the Glendale mill and says she didn’t get paid for the training.    She often spoke of her brother who also worked in the mill.  She has a check stub that shows he made $9.95 a week.  She says they would threaten and yell at the workers all of the time, saying they weren’t working hard enough.  It was the hardest job she can ever remember.  It was a hot place to work.  You could not raise the windows for it would mess up the thread.  At one point Willene went to work in the Company Store, which she said she thoroughly enjoyed because she loved talking to people.  She made $12.95 a week working in the store.  She thought a lot of her father who also worked in the mill, starting when he was eight.

 

Willene said Glendale was a good place to live.  You never had to lock your doors; you could leave them open all night and no one would ever bother you.  The mill owned all the houses in Glendale and rented them out for $1.50 a week.  The electricity and water were free.

 

Willene and her family lived on Mill Street, which is now called Douglas Street.  It was the only street with a water pump.  All the other streets just had a well.  She can recall when Glendale used to be known as Bivingsville and she was told it was called Pinpoint before that.  Willene was reared in Glendale and she also brought up her children there.  Now eighty-one years young, she and her husband still live in Glendale. 

 

Willene had some confederate money she shared with Jonathan.  The horn Jonathan is holding in the picture is a dog caller. 

 

“I really enjoyed talking to Willene”--Jonathan

 

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Willene talking to Jonathan about places in Glendale.

Willene showing the horn called a dog caller.

Jonathan looking at Confederate money.

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