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Elizabeth Biggerstaff, 1996 October 18

Identifier: GF-BI0070

Scope and Contents

Rutherford County native Elizabeth Biggerstaff describes her life and how she balances work and family. She describes her early life growing up in the country outside of Cliffside, North Carolina, with two older brothers and attending local schools. Cliffside was a mill village built for the workers of Hanes Mill, which later became Cone Mill, and throughout the interview Mrs. Biggerstaff touches on the role of the mill in the Cliffside region. While her new husband was serving in World War II, Mrs. Biggerstaff explains how she saved money throughout the war, which he spent to open a dry cleaning business in Cliffside upon his return. Mrs. Biggerstaff recounts her paid work outside the home in the dry cleaning business, as an assistant and secretary for a dentist, and managing in her husband's fast food chain, the Little Moo. She talks about balancing work with raising twin girls during the 1950s-1970s, and how she began working in a dentist's office close to home so she would be able to get home quickly if one of her daughters became sick. Mrs. Biggerstaff's husband was active in local politics, and she describes her experiences joining him at events and seeking votes during his campaign for County Commissioner.


  • Creation: 1996 October 18

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Biggerstaff was a 74-year-old woman at the time of interview. She was born in Cliffside, North Carolina, on August 8, 1922. She had a high school education, and was employed as a dental hygienist, in her husband's dry cleaning business, and a manager in her husband's local fast food chain, the Little Moo.


62 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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