by Tanika Burlingame, Public Relations Director/Features Editor
Just a few quick questions with Rosalie Willett, an Oregon native who followed the sugar to Louisiana. Born in Oregon in 1923, this trained school teacher and her husband lived in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and eventually Louisiana where he helped develop the machinery to grow and harvest sugar cane.
I spent the 1950s and 1960s in Puerto Rico, so I didn’t really experience it like most people did. But I remember hearing about it in the states. I knew it was going on.
I was still living in Puerto Rico and I remember it coming on the TV at our house. It came on the news and that’s how I found out about it. Even there it was still big news.
My father drove our only car. Most families back then, if they had a car, only had one. It wasn’t like today where families have two cars, one for the mother and one for the father. My father had a car and if were going somewhere really far he would give us a ride, other than that we would walk everywhere we needed to go. I remember taking the bus a lot and it was only a nickel. When I was a young adult I used public transportation. For the most part when I was growing up the mother and children stayed at home. There really wasn’t a whole lot of reasons for us to leave the house, especially living on a farm.