Jim Leloudis, interviewer:
Do you ever remember people getting hurt in the mill, or nearly hurt?

Alice P. Evitt
Yeah, I knowed of them to slip on the floor and fall and get hurt. I got a scar on my arm where I fell out here in this mill. I was stooped over doffin' my frame down that way, and I fell. There was a casin' off of my speeder - metal, big old casin' - and the corner of it cut my arm. I got cut out here. That's when I was runnin' speeders.

Jim Leloudis, interviewer:
I was thinking of a story a woman told me about another woman getting her skirt caught in the belt.

Alice P. Evitt:
Oh, I'd get my apron tore off of me in the speeder room - when I was learnin' to run speeders. I'd get my apron tore off of me two or three times a week. They'd wind me up, and I was just lucky I managed to stop 'em and didn't get my arms in them. Them fliers would break your bones.

Jim Leloudis, interviewer:
Did it scare you?

Alice P. Evitt:
Yeah, it would scare me. Sure would. Sometimes I'd be a-cleanin' my gear and get my brush hung in there and tear down the whole frame ends. Yeah. Back then they didn't wear pants like they do now. Your apron - that big flier flyin' around that way, them fliers- they'd grab you and just wind it plumb up. I always managed to get it stopped. I know one lady - I didn't see her get it done - but she said she wore wigs and she'd got her hair caught and it pulled her whole scalp out - every bit of her hair. She had to wear...

Jim Leloudis, interviewer:
It pulled...

Alice P. Evitt:
Pulled her hair all out - every bit of it. She said pulled the scalp off that way. I don't know what she meant that way.

Jim Leloudis, interviewer:
Did she have to wear a wig after that?

Alice P. Evitt:
Yes, she wore a wig. People back then, they wore loose clothes, and they'd get caught. Them speeder rooms was bad to catch you. If they'd wore pants like they do now, they'd saved a lot.

- Alice P. Evitt, Concord, NC

Interview with Alice P. Evitt by Jim Leloudis, Jul 18, 1979, Interview H-0162, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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