Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. discusses his father's time as a student at NC State during the Great Depression. Interview on May 29, 2012. (1:59)


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My father went to NC State during the Great Depression. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:05.644
I find that a lot of young people today don't know much about the Depression, 00:00:05.644 - 00:00:11.556
have no idea of its depth, what happened to people, what happened to families. 00:00:11.556 - 00:00:16.594
Just it's kind of, had a bad time, you know, a lot of people lost their jobs, 00:00:16.594 - 00:00:21.860
but they don't know how deep it was, how it really affected people. 00:00:21.860 - 00:00:25.731
My daddy had to work as a student to earn his room and board. 00:00:25.731 - 00:00:36.616
I guess the family had about seven children; 00:00:36.616 - 00:00:40.783
they'd all gone to college except one. 00:00:40.783 - 00:00:43.941
So I guess he got up the money for the tuition, which was very low at the time, 00:00:43.941 - 00:00:52.933
but he had to have a place to live and food to eat. 00:00:52.933 - 00:00:56.650
And so he worked in a boarding house, 00:00:56.650 - 00:01:00.477
right across Hillsborough Street. 00:01:00.477 - 00:01:03.907
Dean Cloyd, C-l-o-y-d, was the dean of students. 00:01:03.907 - 00:01:08.346
He was even there when I went in 1955. My daddy graduated about '32 or '33. 00:01:08.346 - 00:01:14.714
Dean Cloyd had a rooming house that students stayed in and paid for room 00:01:14.714 - 00:01:22.391
and my daddy would get up at 3:00 AM and peel potatoes 00:01:22.391 - 00:01:28.628
for whatever they were going to eat that day. It included potatoes. It was always potatoes. [Laughs] 00:01:28.628 - 00:01:34.184
So he worked a couple hours peeling potatoes, 00:01:34.184 - 00:01:36.968
probably then helped serve the breakfast because people at the boarding house had their meals there too. 00:01:36.968 - 00:01:42.568
So that's one of the things I really remember about him, working his way through college. 00:01:42.568 - 00:01:50.775

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