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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay the faster shucker is, um, Harry Grey.


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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Yeah, Christina is a good clam shucker. She's fast. Doris is fast. We all do pretty good.

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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay. The age range, now, um. And in talking to Doris I know Doris is 52. Is she the youngest shucker?

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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Uh, no, uh, Molly Brown's grandkids, uh what are those kids' names? I forgot their names. They are the youngest ones in there.

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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay. I noticed that there is very few young people, maybe two, three, at the most--

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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Yeah.

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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
How do you see the oyster house in a few years since the shuckers are not, there's not a lot of young people coming in?

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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
I see the oyster house in a few years, nothing but Mexicans. Because, um, all the oyster shuckers are old. There's no young oyster shuckers.

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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay. Okay. Do you, um, ever enter into competitions? Is there an oyster-shucking competition each year?

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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
No.
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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
You don't enter?
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Mm-mm [[negative]]. No.
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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Any of your coworkers that you know?
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Ruth, uh, Smith did one year. She entered. Conroy Butler. He entered the contest.
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
I think that is all I can remember that entered the contest. They wanted me to enter, but I would cook-- I was doing restaurant work then.

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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay. Did most of your coworkers live in the area?
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Yes, right over here in Oliver Creek.
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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay. Since there is sort of like a family atmosphere, do you and the other workers socialize outside of work?
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Oh yes. Some of the oyster shuckers are my choir members, we sing together.
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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Okay, who are they?
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
Mabel Clark.
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{SPEAKER name="Shelia Montague Parker"}
Oh. Uh, are you with any organizations out there, like a union or trade association?
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{SPEAKER name="Mary Dawkins "}
The only organization I belong to is the Ferry Alarm Auxiliary Fire Department.

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