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Elder Interviews: Frances Garrett

What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

My name is Frances Patricia Garrett Boston. My parents chose this name for me from my grandmother on my dad's side. No I did not have a nickname.

When and where were you born? 

I was born in Laurens South Carolina on May 5, 1927.

Were there any special items in the house that you remembered?

Yes my special item that I remembered that was in the house was the wood stove because
that’s how we heated the house and we cooked off of it.

What kind of games did you play growing up?

Hop scotch and basketball.

What was school like for you as a child? What were the best and worst subjects? Where did you attend school?

As a child school for me was good, I loved reading but I really didn’t like math. I went to Sanders High just went to the 8th grade.

What were your favorite songs and music?

My favorite music was gospel and blues.

How is the world today different from when you were a child?

It's a lot different because now we have things we didn’t have back in the day when I was a child such as washing machines and dryers because we used to wash our clothes outside in a pot. Also when I was a child we used to pick cotton all day and now you don’t see kids picking cotton.

Where and when did you get married?

I got married at my mother's house.

Were there other family members in the area? Who?

Yes my grandmother and grandfather.

What was your favorite toy and why?

My favorite toy was a doll because it made me feel like a mother.

December 2011
*Interview by Bridjet Russell
*Photography by Precious Garrett

Photographed and compiled by the wife of a great-great-grandson of Wister Lee Garrett.


To submit additional Garrett, Neely, & Sullivan elder interviews please contact any member of the 2012 planning committee.