Interview with Lloyd Earl McMullian, Sr.

Date: April 16, 1983

Source: S1576 , Container 10 , C83-102, C83-103

Type: Sound

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  • Two audio cassettes. C83-102: Macmillan discussed how Two Egg, Florida, and Paramour, Florida, were named; his birth in Grand Ridge, Florida, in 1910; his and his father's work in turpentining; getting into the farming business after the turpentining industry's decline; farming with mules and, later, with tractors in the 1930s; raising peanuts, soy beans, and corn; his son's work in cattle farming; blacksmithing; canning and preserving food; and magic and omens in farming. He also tell stories about voting Republican due to promises of racial equality and talks about "Hoover Days" and the Depression; old farming sayings and practices; and making moonshine from cane skimmings. C83-103: McMullian discusses visiting the Florida Folk Festival; collecting antique engines as a hobby; the turpentining process; tally calls and tally boards; "raking" trees; enjoying his work in the turpentine industry; bank loans; and trains and business transportation. In addition, he tells a story about the first toilet he ever saw and talks about losing crops in droughts and from nematodes; his father's employment in a large farm; fiddle and piano music and dances; Sacred Harp music; African-Americans; square dancing and clogging; serenades, housewarmings, and quilting parties; and farming in cold weather.

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