In the thirties and forties Mrs. Holt worked for "private families" to help support her own family. "I raised five children during the Depression." She is especially thankful that she's lived to see her children grown. She enjoyed fishing and recounted in 1983 warmly how her children bought her a rod and reel and "told me to go fishing." Her family came to Champaign from Tennessee in 1924 because they were "trying to do better."
Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.