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Cotton Fields

Barber, Enid H.

ISBN 10: 1424308313 / ISBN 13: 9781424308316
Published by Enid H. Barber
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Title: Cotton Fields

Publisher: Enid H. Barber

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Cotton Fields is a stirring and inspirational memoir by Enid Barber, who was born in 1923 to Arkansas sharecroppers. She struggles with a harsh existence picking cotton to carve out a meager life in the small town of Swifton, Arkansas. Her father, the town drunk, is a hard worker during the week, but spends most weekends in the city jail. He will end up drunk on the railroad tracks with a train speeding its way toward him, and she'll face a decision which will haunt her for the rest of her life. Her mother, a frail woman, instills a sense of pride in her daughter, but increasingly depends upon Enid to help raise her younger brothers. Enid will face a tornado, her mother's multiple still-born births, abject poverty, and constant moves from one shack to another. Then one winter's day, her father puts on his only and best suit and her mother starches and irons Enid's best dress. Her father tells her that the circus is coming to town, and he is taking her to meet her famous Aunt Mabel Stark, the world's first woman tiger trainer. Enid's school teacher gives them Enid and her nervous father a ride to meet a woman who Enid has never met but has idealized for many years. The anticipated event will turn into one of the greatest disappointments of her young life. When the Great Depression hits, a hard life becomes almost impossible. As a teenager, Enid and her mother manage to pick enough cotton to get the money for tuition and books so that Enid can attend nursing school at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She travels to the big city with a heart full of hopes and dreams. But, she soon learns that all her plans for the future will abruptly change when she meets a cocky young man with a Bogart swagger. . . Follow the intriguing tale of the woman whose steely determination and true grit impresses all who know her . . . an interesting, contradictory personality who is inspired by two books - the Bible and Gone With The Wind! Enid Barber, in many ways, is a bizarre combination of Scarlet O'Hara and Mother Theresa. Hers is a story worth telling and definitely a story worth reading . . . Over her lifetime, Enid manages to raise four children and obtain her Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling and an EdS in Administration and Supervision. She began her career as a secretary at her children's elementary school and then spent summers logging many miles on her car to obtain her first college degree. She quickly climbed the educational ladder to become a teacher, then a guidance counselor, then supervisor of instruction, an elementary principal and finally, the Director of Schools of Humphreys County, Tennessee. It was a long and arduous climb for a girl who started out in a cotton field in Arkansas! Proceeds from the book (at present, approximately $13,000) have gone to the 21st Century Educational Foundation. This money will be used for scholarships at the local branch of Nashville State Community College, Humphreys County Center for Higher Education located in Waverly, TN. All of Mrs. Barber's future profits from the sale of the book will go to the foundation.

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Enid Barber was born in 1923 to Anna and Jim Haney, who were sharecroppers on a cotton farm in Swifton, Tennessee. She was the oldest of four children, and becasuse her frail mother was often sick after the still births of four other babies, Enid often took over the care of her younger brothers. After graduation from high school, she traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to attend nursing school. She met her future husband, Orvel Barber, who proved to be a challenge for the headstrong young girl. With the coming of WWII, Orvel would spend time in the Army while Enid took care of her small baby. After the war, Orvel became a welder and the family (now with 3 children) would go on the road in their small house trailer following construction jobs all over the United States. Finally, Orvel was offered a job in New Johnsonville, TN with T.V.A. on Kentucky Lake. Their dream of owning a farm and living near the water would soon come true. The family bought a bit of land where Orvel and Enid would literally build a house and barn. As soon as her fourth child reached the age of five, Enid got a job as a secretary at the local school and her career began. She spent summers logging many miles on her car to obtain her first college degree. Over her lifetime, Enid managed to raise four children and obtain her Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling and an EdS in Administration and Supervision. She quickly climbed the educational ladder to become a teacher, then a guidance counselor, then supervisor of instruction, an elementary principal and finally, the Director of Schools of Humphreys County, Tennessee. It was a long and arduous climb for a girl who started out in a cotton field in Arkansas! She didn't retire until the age of 77, and since her retirement, she has been instrumental in the building of the Humphreys County Center for Higher Education, a community college in Waverly, Tennessee. Scholarships for this college are sponsored by the 21st Century Educational Foundation. She has served as a member of the foundation for nine years, and as chairman for the past three years.

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