Lew Quander Family


LEW: My grandfather built a two-room shack. And he wasn't married and he built the shack and he was a slave. From there he got married and raised six kids. That was Henry Quander. He bought land for fifty cents an acre. He raised six kids and they helped him on the farm. He went from the farm all the way over to Spring Bank Inn. My father and his sons were hard working farmers. All they did was farm. Dairy farm. Pig farm. Hustler farm. Vegetable farm. Yes sir, they were hustlers. Shoot, what you talking about? They raised everything. Carried food to the market and sold it.

When I was a kid had to go all the way to Alexandria just to the store. The first store came out this way was White Owl Inn, Crocketts. Shoot, you could get five pounds of potatoes for a nickel and a pound of sugar for two cents.

WILLIE: Lawrence Randall organized the first baseball team in Spring Bank. Mr. Randall use to pay Burnham so much a month for the field

LEW: My father own that property, then he lost the mortgage and Burnham took it over.

WILLIE: We use to play up at Mongerey St. Then they stop letting us play up there. Then Mr. Randall got the field from Burnham. We got good The first year we came in second place. Second year second place. Third year we won. Championship.

We never did have any trouble. This is like a private section. We did what we wanted to. No one messed with us. Everything was lovely until the started investigating us. The county is trying to move all niggers out.

My mother told me when they came up here we were living on Mrs. Jackson's side and when it Was raining we use to have to put down buckets tocatch the water. Mrs. Lizzy sold daddy that land. If it wasn't for Mrs. Lizzy we wouldn't have the land now.

How were times out here during the depression?

LEW: Hard. My Daddy, after he stopped farming he started working for the ice company. He was making thirty-five cents an hour. When I first went to work I worked for the government. I brought home $34 a week, my daddy brought home $36 a week.

How do you feel about the county changing Quander Road Elementary School?

LEW: I think it's wrong. It's not the idea of changing school, the point is changing the name. They don't want a black man to have nothing. Fairfax County never had a school named after a black and Quander Road hurt them.

What year were you at Groveton?

SHEILA: My graduating year was 1969, but I didn't graduate from there. I graduated from George Washington. Then we didn't have no black cheerleaders, no blacks in nothing but boys playing sports. Girls went out for cheerleading but no one made it. So we started a pep club. We even had a sit-down strike. About every week we were having sit-down strikes. We even had a sit-down up in the front lobby. We stayed up there just about all day long.

There was a whole lot of pressure up there. Like you could go in the bathroom --there would be five black girls and five white girls. If a teacher came they would tell the white girls put your cigarette out and go to class, they would send the black girls to the office and they would get suspended.

They had so much hassle; everybody was hassling you. If you were late to class you had to sit in the principal's office for hours. We really did have big problems in school. Didn't have no holidays, no nothing. Easter holidays we all sitting in school.

Did you have any buses?

SHEILA: Yes, we had one bus that came down in the black neighborhood. I went to Bryant and Groveton. We had better times at Bryant. At Bryant we kind of mixed. Everybody did their own thing. But at Groveton it wasn't like that.

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