Life in the 1920 is not life in the 2010’s. I went searching for information in the 1920’s, specifically about North Carolina, to try and gather some perspective about the life of Jennie Elizabeth Payne and how her life was different than mine.
I know that prohibition began in the 1920’s and women were given the right to vote. I wonder if my grandmother voted in the 20’s? Warren G Harding and Calvin Coolidge were the presidents in the 1920’s. What did she think of them? And did the family respect prohibition or was it just something they had to work around?
I found an interesting site NCpedia which had a article Women in the 1920s. It is interesting to note that NCSU began accepting women in 1921 but didn’t actually have one graduate until 1926. UNC also allowed women to attend in 1921, but “the student newspaper headlined, Women Not Wanted Here. ” Yikes! I know that grandmother worked as a nurse at one point, so she probably had some education.
Crowder Mountain was a rural area, and electricity was not the norm and bathrooms were usually outhouses. I would not have done well.1 Life could not have been easy on the farm.
I know that I saw that some people were working in Mills in the 1930s in the surrounding houses. I need to do a survey of the census and see what people did for a living and how that changed from 1920 to 1930s. Another task for the to-do list.
The Library of Congress does not have any North Carolina newspapers digitized. I’ve had a lot of luck with Virginia newspapers.
GenealogyBank has digitized images of the Charlotte Observer in the 1920’s. I doubt I’ll find any of my Payne’s in there, but it would be good just to get a feel for what was important. I’ll put that on the list for another day.
I’m going to tackle the survey of the census next to try and understand the neighborhoods they live in. And I think it is time for a timeline. Nothing puts details together like putting them in chronological order.
1. Government and Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina,”Women in the 1920s in North Carolina, NCpedia.org (http://www.ncpedia.org : accessed 3 Jun 2012).