By Priscilla Freeman Jacobs
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In the end, strong ties to her Indian family and community eventually drew her back home. The following text is Priscilla’s memory of those times. 1 Well, I started working at American Standard in Wilmington. They made coils for air-conditioner units. I started having headaches and backaches and I’d been to the doctors here and no one seemed to know what was causing it, so I was just taking an over-the-counter drug—for people that had menstrual cramps, bloating, and headaches and stuff. They thought this might have had something to do with it.
So we went to Charlotte, and Dr. Sleuter told my husband and my mother, “She’s doing; she just got too much on her. You have to have a wife and mother or a career woman. ” Because he was not really that—he knew we needed the money, but he was not that much for me working outside of the home. But he knew we couldn’t make it without my working because I think at that time I probably made not as much as he did, but I made a good salary. So the doctor took me out of work for two months, and he said, “You just lay around and rest, you know.
My brothers and I get hams and sausage from him. I can remember my grandma’s smokehouse just outside the house, and you could walk in there and see long lengths of sausage just hanging about. Hams, the shoulders of the meat, fatback meat, and all the meats were like kept in the smokehouse. I don’t know why it won’t keep now. Maybe it’s all the steroids and all the chemicals the animals are fed with that is the difference. I feel like that changed it because now you can’t keep meat like that. 16 Chapter 1 “Electricity didn’t come in until sometime in the 1940s.