October 26, 2003
Conducted by Joe Liles
After I got out of elementary school, James and I would cut wood up on the Linden Road farm. Cord wood. We’d cut wood and my father would sell it to the people to cook with or what not. We’d cut it, split it, and put it in some kind of rack. My father would keep us busy, but I never heard him tell nary one of us to hurry up. I overheard him one time: “I’m going to keep my boys busy. If they ain’t got nothing to do, I’ll just have ‘em take rocks from here and carry ‘em over there and pile ‘em up. And if we ain’t got nothing else to do, I just get ‘em to take ‘em from over there and move ‘em back over here. But that kept us busy, and it kept us out of the street. My father, he learned us how to work!
After we got up a little age, he’d let us have Saturday afternoons off. We’d go someplace to a ball game, play baseball. There was the school over here where I went called Wardsville, there was a school over farther called Cool Spring. And we’d play them teams. Later on, we would play West Durham which was called Hickstown. Then sometimes, we’d go to Hillsborough and play Hillsborough, or Hillsborough would come play us.
One of the men at Duke Power had a son. He learned how to keep them teams rotated. You’d have to call him the team manager. We kept entertained. These were all black teams. Now Duke Power up here had a white team, but our ball team was separate.