Nettie House, 2006 October 24
Scope and Contents
Charlotte native Nettie House describes her life growing up in Charlotte's Belmont neighborhood, her experiences during World War II, and her married life in Charlotte during the postwar period. Her father came to Charlotte from Union County to work in textile mills as a weaver, settling in Belmont in a four-room mill house that the family eventually purchased. Mrs. House discusses the immediate community around her home, locally known as "Mill Hill." She describes the games she played with friends, her walk to the local schools of Villa Heights Elementary School and Charlotte Technical High School, and her trips to uptown Charlotte to see movies, to shop, and for work in Woolworth's when she was a teenager. Despite the deprivations of the Depression, Mrs. House remembers her childhood as rich and recalls the relative freedom that children had during this era in comparison to later generations, as well as the spirit of sharing within the community. Mrs. House married during the war and traveled with her husband to Jacksonville, Florida where he was stationed on a naval base, and where she found work overhauling airplane wing parts. Continuing her life history, Mrs. House recounts her husband's ability in baseball that secured his job with Charlotte's Lance Inc. so that he could play for the company team and her own work with Lance in their credit union. She also relates her personal experiences of integration and the diversifying population of her Merry Oaks neighborhood in Charlotte, stressing her Christian belief that people should live together harmoniously and the importance of building personal relationships across races.
- Creation: 2006 October 24
Conditions Governing Access
34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.
Nettie House was an 81-year-old woman at the time of interview. She was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1924. She had a high school education and was employed as a part time financial counselor and teacher's assistant.
Language of Materials
Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States