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Margaret Graham Booth was born in Nash County in 1916 to Thomas and Francis Graham, and she was the youngest of five children. Her family moved from Pennsylvania before she was born because his health was poor from working in gold (Argo mine in N.C.) and coal mines. She mentions that the Argo mine didn't survive because not enough gold was recovered from it. He worked as a tenant farmer in North Carolina while she was a child. Booth worked at the post office as an assistant to the post-master after graduating high school, where she earned 10 cents a day. She had three children with her husband. Booth worked as an Avon sales woman in the 1950s. She talks briefly about where she was when Hurricane Hazel hit, and how it affected her home.