How long have you-lived in the area?
Oh, since about '37. . .yeah. My husband was working in Washington and I moved down here from Gore, Virginia and I've been in this house since then.
Well, Popkins, they owned the area where Groveton High School is now. There wasn't a lot of houses over there then. They're built up there now quite a bit. Up there on the hill is where the Viar's eventually put a horse stable. All that was back in here was farm land and blackberry fields... yeah. Where Bucknell is now was farmland and blackberry fields. Bucknell Heights didn't exist.
I was busy here with a house full of kids and besides I had roomers. When the war started, you know, I had four boys in the service and two son-in-laws…yeah. . . and when Eugene came back, he and Kent Crowther went to college together. Eugene graduated the seventh in his class and then he went back and got his master's degree.
I remember when everything was rationed. I had a heck of a time getting things in here for my family. We didn't have as large a garden as I do now, but that's because we kept buying land. We had cows and chickens.
Oh boy! I had a chicken house on the side by Eastside Drive, with young chickens in it, almost fryers. I looked out there and boy, we were having a terrible storm. I waded out through that water and it was just a 'rollin down through there and I carried all them chickens and threw them in the barn. That was in 1945, I think, because Eugene's new Studebaker was in the garage and it got ruined.