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I Remember When
ter Barbara Ann and her husband C.L. over a few cans
of beer, Winnie was horrified that someone might find
out that beer from cans was being drunk in her house.
So she carefully wrapped the empty cans in newspapers
and put the packet into paper bags with other refuse on
the top. She was concerned about the men who picked
up our trash, and worried they might think we weren’t
maintaining proper standards and would pass that in-
formation along to our neighbors and “what would peo-
ple say?”
As a stubborn teenager, Winnie had refused to con-
tinue at Hanes High School because some mean girls
were teasing her. Grandma Lottie insisted that Winnie
get some kind of education. so off she went to Draughn’s
Business College to learn to be a secretary. She mas-
tered typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping, and set up
her own business as a public stenographer. At this time,
Winnie was as pretty as could be: five feet tall, blue eyes,
trim figure, shapely legs and a spit curl on her cheek.
The picture of a 1920’s flapper.
My sister always says that if our mother hadn’t
been a high school dropout we wouldn’t be where we
are today. Winnie became friends with another young
woman at the business college, Mary McInnis. Mary
introduced Winnie to her older brother D.P., who was
an up and coming grocery store manager. And that was
the end of Winnie, the independent woman. Winnie and
Aunt Mary remained life-long friends, talking, every
day, comparing solutions to the newspaper puzzle, and
discussing soap operas.
Winnie never learned to drive. If she wanted to go
out, she had to wait until she could find someone to drive