Entries by Peggy Van Scoyoc

Cary’s Heritage: World War II Wedding

In 1947, American G.I., James Ellington, brought his German war bride home to Raleigh. Here is an account of her life, told by her daughter, Charlott, in an oral history interview. In 2018, Charlott and her half-siblings published her mother’s memoir, called The Home of My Heart, which describes her harrowing experiences of survival from East Prussia throughout World War II. Her story is spell-binding.

Cary’s Heritage: Chores in the Early Days

Cary women remember doing chores in the early days.

For laundry, my daddy built a washhouse behind our house. First, you had to draw water from the well into two tubs and heat it up. Then you scrubbed the clothes on a washboard, then boiled them, then rinsed them, then you’d wring them out by hand before hanging them on a clothesline to dry.

Cary’s Heritage: Rachel and Dad Dunham

Cary folks remember Rachel and Rufus “Dad” Dunham.

Rachel Dunham: As a child, I attended Cary High School and boarded at the Page-Walker Hotel. I graduated in 1924, then had a year of teacher training. I taught school in Goldsboro for two years, and then came back to Cary in 1927 to teach at Cary High.