Blanche Taylor, 1984

Mrs. Taylor was born in "Oklahoma - near Perry" in 1912. She lived in St. Joseph since 1958. She said in an interview in the early 1980s, "My daughter, Shirley, and her husband came to get us. They carried our furniture and everything. I lived at home and raised my children. I know I'm not supposed to say just a housewife' so I won't. I was too busy with my home and children to do much else - raising up my family trying to live - although I enjoyed reading when I had the time. I do remember making fudge 'bout 3 to 4 times a week. It took a lot of sugar. I made it and my children ate it. They really liked it. I wish I had a piece now, but I guess I wouldn't be able to eat the sugar. Oh well. I'm proud of the work I was able to do. To have good health and to have taken good care of my children. The way I have to live has certainly changed. Everything used to be so hard, but now it isn't. I have some rest now, which I didn't used to get. I could say I really enjoy my life now."

Source: Raymond Bial, There is a Season, Champaign County Nursing Home, 1984.