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Bertie Bates Little and Mertle Bates Weatherby, twin sisters, recall their childhoods, young adulthoods and family history. Special emphasis is placed on the changing morals of the American people.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Bertie Bates Little and Mertle Bates Weatherby

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 19, 1975

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Doug Worthington

Length: 2 hours, 25 minutes (total)


Tape 1, Side 1: Born: Grant Town, Texas (1900), Genealogy, Parents’ occupations, Children named, Move to Thurber, Texas (1900), Grandparents’ occupations, Household described, Hairstyles, Decision making, Discipline, Chewing tabacco, Children’s jobs, Discipline (again), Earliest memories, Move to Hamlin, Texas (1913), Entertainment, Childhood chores, Daily habits, Frequency of divorce, Age at marriage, Parents’ ambitions for daughters, Occupations, Affection within family.

Tape 1, Side 2: Childhood misbehavior and discipline, Parents’ nicknames, Feelings toward parents, Importance of religion to family, Dating habits and rules, Sex education, Premarital sex, Children, Rules different for brothers, Household rules, Education, Recollections of World War I, Attitudes toward alcohol, Lack of segregation, Dishonesty of area people, First occupations, Weddings.

Tape 2, Side 1: Weddings (continued), Honeymoons, Residences after marriage, Children, Decision making, Difference in raising own children, Discipline, Decision making, Homes in Texas, Family businesses, Depression (1930s), Family hotel, Illegal actions, Hand-me-downs, Famous outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde, Memories of Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7, 1941), Evaluation of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Opinions of Richard Nixon, Contemporary education, Rationing (World Wars I and II), Opinions on Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, Children’s educations and professions, Marriages, Changing morality, Family structure.

Tape 2, Side 2: Need for stronger discipline, Sex education, Double standard, Pre-marital sex, Changing role of women, Aggressiveness, Voting, Politics.

Range Dates: 1900-1975

Bulk Dates: 1900-1975

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