T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Trading produce for goods at Mossville grocery store
Huber “Mickey” Smith Sr. by Chelsea Arseneault, 2015.
HUBER “MICKEY” SMITH SR: Because most of the time we would take from our garden and take it down to the . . . what we used for a well and wash it, basket it, and then my parents would take it to the store on Saturday evening and get what was needed for the house. As to what we didn't raise -- soap, stuff what we didn't raise -- and that was calculated to see what it would come from. Then this broker would go outside and see what you had on your wagon. He would count this and put a price on it. And then what you owed him, he’d subtract this from it and see where it left you.

CHELSEA ARSENEAULT: So you took it to a broker?

SMITH: Well no, no. The guy who runs the store.

ARSENEAULT: Just the man who ran the grocery store?

SMITH: Yeah.


SMITH: Yeah.

ARSENEAULT: So he was buying the produce?

SMITH: He would buy what we brought and we would buy what we needed to function from the store. Like we didn't make no toothpaste.

ARSENEAULT: You just traded goods.

SMITH: Just trade. I don't remember if any money changed hands because sometimes it would be up and down. Sometimes if we didn't have enough to what we had already taken up, well, it just rolled over. I don't remember at any time that there was any money changed hands that I can remember, yeah.
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