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William Darous Stanley is 100 years old at the time of his interview. He was born in Columbus County but spent most of his life in Nash County. He was drafted into the Army during World War I and trained as a machine gunner, but spent all his service time in camps in the U.S. One of his brothers was also in the Army and spent seven months in Germany while Stanley stayed home after his own service and looked after the farm. He had an orange mule named Kate and some coon dogs, and enjoyed hunting for raccoons and possums. He says coon skins sold for $11 each. He also worked for the Atlantic Coastline Railroad for a while repairing old cars, then returned to full-time farming. His wife was named Mary Ellen Herbert and they adopted a daughter who at the time of the interview still lived "on our place" with her husband. Stanley's advice to young people is to "know what was right from wrong and do the right thing all the time. If they couldn't do it, why tell somebody and they would try to help them."





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