Interview with Eva Viola Edminston

Sex: Female
Race: Caucasian
Maiden Name: Warner            
Spouse: Jim
Date of Marriage: Nov. 26, 1931
DOB: December 17, 1910
Place of Birth: Hancock County
Father: Charlie, Mother: Molly
Education: High school, Arcadia, OH, Graduated: 1930
Daughter: Phyllis Brookes, Son: James-deceased
Work Experience: Owned and operated Edmiston Dairy for 20 years. Collected Milk from area farmers, processed and bottled it.
Retired from: Marathon-House Keeping Dept., 1976
Church: Methodist
Organizations: Was in Pinochle Club at Marathon
Hobbies: Playing cards and watching TV

Interviewer: Can you tell me something about your childhood?

Eva: Something what?

Interviewer: Can you tell me something about your childhood?

Eva: I can't understand what you are talking about.

Interviewer: Did you like school?

Eva: Yes, I guess I was the only one in family that did. There were 10 of us. My two brothers went into the service and the rest of them just... My hearing aid needs a new battery. It's just about driving me nuts....hello nothing (laughs and takes out hearing aid). Just try to do what they tell me.

Interviewer: Do you watch TV? Do you watch Television?

Eva: Yea, when I don't have anything else to do I just watch TV.

Interviewer: Where did you work when you were younger?

Eva: Not really long, I worked in the Marathon, and I worked on the 8th floor for 20 years. It was called house keeping, had so many rules to claim. I did that for 20 years.

Interviewer: We have the same birthday.

Eva: Well, what do you know! (laughs). I had four or five sisters. Let's see, Helen Lois, Maxine and Lula, Lila and Nina, That's five isn't it. I had three Brothers. Does that come out to ten (laughs).

Interviewer: That's eight. Are you one of the youngest?

Eva: No, I'm next to the oldest

Interviewer: Are your brothers younger then you then?

Eva: Yes.

Interviewer: Are your brothers still in the service?

Eva: No, the two that were in the service are deceased, and I just have the one brother now. He's the youngest one and I have, let’ see, Alan and Ruth Maxine and Lula. I have five sisters deceased. Four sisters, and counting myself, and I'm still (laughs).

Eva: When I was married or afterwards or before?

Interviewer: Before.

Eva: We went to a lot of card games. We played a lot of cards. I belonged to a pinnacle club.

Interviewer: What where some of the things you did in the club?

Eva: Not much of anything. We just played cards, then lose your draw and go home (laughs).

Interviewer: When did you retire?

Eva: In, um, ‘76. I worked at marathon for 20 years.

Interviewer: Did you ever win any awards?

Eva: No response.

Interviewer: Where were you born?

Eva: Hancock County

Interviewer: What is your address?

Eva: I don't think I know... 221. It's another address out there. I don't know. You can see it when you go out.

Interviewer: Have you always lived in Ohio?

Eva: Yea

Interviewer: Did you travel much?

Eva: Took one trip my husband and I took one trip to Florida and that's about all.

Interviewer: What did you see down there?

Eva: What did I see?

Interviewer: Why did you go down there?

Eva: Just to go for a trip. Saw a lady that wanted to see, I don't think we were there one or two days and then we came back home.

Interviewer: Was raising a farm difficult?

Eva: No, dad farmed. I dressed them and he sold them. I dressed 22 hundred chickens that year.

Interviewer: That's a lot of chickens.

Eva: We went down to the Hyatt Regency and they wouldn't let us go in; we had slacks on. We had put our coats on and they wouldn't let us go through. There was men sitting in their sleeves and they didn't want to see women with pants on (laugh).

Interviewer: What other places did you visit?

Eva: We went to the higher cabin (?). I didn't get around much.

Interviewer: What kind of music did you listen to?

Eva: Oh, jazz. (laughs) Fast music.

Interviewer: Do you like to dance?

Eva: Well I never learned how. My husband knew, and when he met me, he never taught me. No-one ever taught me, so I never knew how. My daughter is a good dancer, but she goes to dances all the time, and that makes a difference.

Interviewer: Did you have a big wedding?

Eva: When I, no, we went to the justice of peace. I gave my daughter a big wedding. Interviewer: Did you have a good childhood?

Eva: Yea, it was pretty good. We had to work together. There were so many of us.

Interviewer: Was it hard for you to have so many brothers and sisters?

Eva: No, we got along fine; mother had three girls, she had, yea, that wore diapers at one time (laughs) at once.

Interviewer: Did you go through the depression?

Eva: did I what?

Interviewer: (Repeats question.)

Eva: Go through the depression? Yeah.

Interviewer: What was that like?

Eva: It was terrible. Mom had to bake bread and we didn’t know what it was to have a loaf of bread. Mother had to bake it. We didn't have money to buy stuff. Dad was a tenant farmer. He only got so much money a month. Had to make it do.

Interviewer: Did you go to college?

Eva: My folks were too poor; they didn't have money to send me.

Interviewer: What would you be if you did?

Eva: Well when I was in high school I would study economics, learned how to bake and I figured I was going to be a house wife, so I was going to need to know how.

Interviewer: You're a good baker?

Eva: I haven't done it for a long time.

Interviewer: What kind of things did you like to bake?

Eva: Butterscotch cookies. You can stir them up one night and bake them up the next day. You wouldn't have all the mess at one time.

Interviewer: What did you guys do for fun?

Eva: Right now we don't go play cards or anything like before. We belonged to a club and we enjoyed that.

Interviewer: You don't play cards here?

Eva: Well they play, but they don't call it pinnacle. They call it euchre. I mean they call it something else. They play once in a while.

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