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Interview with William Richard Winstead as part of the Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project. Winstead speaks on growing up in the Sandy Cross community during the 1920s-1940s. He discusses Independence Day celebrations in the area. Winstead says he wanted to become a merchant from the time he was a child, and describes the process of building and operating his own store from 1946-1978. He mentions his relationships with contractors and bootleggers in the area. He discusses his first employment as a child and as an adult. Reflects on working on tobacco farms, meeting his wife at prayer meetings, and attending tent revivals. Winstead remembers his schooldays at Coopers Elementary School; mentions his principal and teachers; discusses punishments and suspensions. He speaks about watching his children play sports; reminisces on the campaign of US Congressman Harold Cooley; talks about buying cars in the 1940s and 50s. Winstead describes his childhood home, meals, and household remedies.

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