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The title alluded to the first treasurer, who arrived in 1912. As important in overseeing ECTTS’s fiscal matters was his wife and the co-treasurer, Jonetta Webb Spilman. Expected then is their jointly accomplishments in many ways. Among them: cashed strapped students stay in school; the 1932 annual dedicated to them; an administration building named in their honor.
1932 was marked by financial hardship for the United States, with East Carolina Teachers College feeling the financial pain just as keenly. The administration’s response: an unanimously voted pay cut, which kept campus open during the summer. This decision reflected an ongoing commitment to its students.
This interview, conducted by a sixth grader, was with Donald Paul, whose father owned a local general store. Donald Paul’s observations related life as it was on both sides of the counter, particularly during the period of widespread economic hardship. Topics that betrayed the time period included what his father charged for gas and snacks, the lack of child labor laws, and cars that the interviewee purchased new for under a thousand dollars.