Appalachia Granny Interviews

Appalachian Reflections from Evelyn Louzine Jenkins Wilson born 1940

Granny interview

I managed to do another interview! I convinced Granny to help me out on this one.

The interview turned out great! I hope to interview Granny more in the future.

One of my favorite things about the video is the words Granny uses.

She says pasteboard box which you rarely hear anymore and she says Georgie for Georgia 🙂 Pap said Georgie too.

Granny’s fear of water is explained by her mother being afraid she’d get drownded 🙂

There was a wasper flying around us on the porch—that’s what Granny’s looking around at. I like it when she says “That things going to bite you yet.”

I hope you enjoyed the interview! Granny saying her gold mine was in the green bean patch is the truth! I’ve never met anyone who loves green beans as much as Granny.

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    Jenny De Armond
    August 17, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Evelyn Louzine is a treasure. She really made me crave green beans, jellies, and bread and butter pickles. And turkey, pumpkin pie, and biscuits, too! My own mother was an amazing cook. It’s becoming a lost art.

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    August 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I loved every minute of it Tipper. You need do interview Granny more. Sounded like the birds wanted to be interviewed too. I loved to listen and learn from what the elders have to say. Can learn alot from them. I have to keep this one for sure. I would love to meet her.

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    August 15, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I enjoyed every minute of it! She reminds me of my Mama, although my Mama didn’t can. But she sure could bake!

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    Donna W
    August 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    My mother never got close to Georgia, but she also said Georgie.

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    Ken Roper
    August 14, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Your mom is a true Appalachian, you can tell the way she says things. I was at the Blairsville Courthouse after youn’ze finished singing and Playing, and your Mama was there. Pap had done gone on to be with the Lord. I hurried down to get to Talk to your Mon and asked her if she canned any Green Beans this year. She said ” I didn’t get to can but 76 quarts this year.” About that time Tipper came down off the Stage and said ” here, hold this/” She had her Bass Guitar, and wanted me to hold it until she went back and got the Carrying Case.

    Like Louzine said in the Interview ” They’re good People. ” …Ken

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    Allison B
    August 14, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    This was a delight to watch!! I have been off work today, and watched the video as I could. A treasure for you to have, and share. She reminds me of my maternal Grandmother a bit. The way she looks, talks, and tells her stories of the past. My grandmother died in 2003, though. I was impressed how she washed and ironed her own clothes…and I laughed at the opossum story!… how she was homesick and came back to the mountains, and met Jerry… how her mother was upset when the got married at the preachers house… all of it really. Loved the setting of the porch, the birds chirping, the greenery, etc., also. So nice.

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    aw griff
    August 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Enjoyed. I think many of us had already watched on you tube. I found it interesting that you have a more southern mountain accent than Granny.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 14, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Great video! When you gonna do a live stream?

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      August 17, 2020 at 6:54 pm

      Ed-LOL do you think anyone would watch it???

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    Ed Ammons
    August 14, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I spent my career mostly in a food warehouse and a lot of that time on a hi/lo machine that moved around food in pasteboard boxes (forklift that moved food in corrugated cardboard boxes).
    I still use the word pasteboard. To me cardboard is either the corrugated type or the hard dense paper that cards are made from. Pasteboard is a thicker softer single layer paper. Chinet plates are an example of what I know as pasteboard.

    I went back and listened carefully to you at 4:45. You said “‘torge’ the-were you the oldest-the youngest”. I was glad to hear that. That’s exactly how I pronounce toward. Most people pronounce it as wrong as we do. Tord or tward ain’t no more correct than torge.

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    August 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Tipper, your mom is beautiful! I have got to run to an appointment and only got to watch a few minutes. I’m looking forward to watching Granny finish her interview. I will be listening more than watching. She sounds so much like my mom and most of the women from my home town.

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    Margie Goldstein
    August 14, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I very much enjoyed the interview with your mother! She’s a very lovely lady and what a national treasure she is!!!! She hit the nail on the head when she said “ they don’t make ‘em like that anymore.” It really doesn’t matter what you put in the place of ‘em because the saying rings true about EVERYTHING from people to tools. May the Lord bless you and your wonderful mother! I can see Chitter’s ways from her granny too… isn’t it funny how the apple doesn’t fall far from a sweet tree?

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    Miss Cindy
    August 14, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Tipper, that’s a wonderful interview with Granny. It is a perspective of another time but regardless of the time all families seem to be a lot alike. All the families back them had lots of children and it is an interesting thing to me for a young mother and her aunt to be near in age and to have babies the same day. You know now days women have two or three children and then that’s all so there is not a likelihood that a child and her aunt could be born at the same time.
    Times and family patterns are very different now!
    Thank you Tipper and Granny!

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    August 14, 2020 at 7:46 am

    I am so glad you interviewed Granny. She is exactly as I thought she would be. I share her love for growing green beans. Her local expressions are so sweet, and I have heard many of them most of my life. The one that stands out is all the people that left our part of Appalachia to live in the city and make, “big money.”

    Most young women back in the day would rarely use when they got married as a milestone, but instead would always say, “after I set up housekeeping.” I never hear that anymore, and I guess that to be just one of the many expressions that have fell by the wayside. Thank you so much, Granny, for that peek into your life.

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