Rebecca Croom Fordham Oral History Interview

May 25, 1980
Oral History #OH0077
Elmore, William E. "Mickey"; Fordham, Rebecca Croom, 1899-1983
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassette, 0.5 hour, 8 pages
Preferred Citation
Rebecca Croom Fordham Oral History Interview (#OH0077), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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In this oral history, Rebecca Croom Fordham (1899-1983) describes attending East Carolina Teachers Training School (East Carolina University) in Greenville, North Carolina, especially during the 1918 flu epidemic; teaching in Lenoir County, N.C.; and her life in the 1920s during the land boom and subsequent bust in Florida.

Biographical/historical information

Rebecca Croom (1899-1983) was raised in Lenoir County, N.C., and taught school in the Sandy Bottom, Tull's Mill, and Bucklesberry areas of Lenoir County. She married Henry Clay Fordham on April 21, 1921. She also attended East Carolina Teachers Training School in 1917-1919. After two years of marriage, the Fordhams moved to Florida where they lived in Miami part of the time and then she managed Tahiti Beach at Coral Gables.

Scope and arrangement

In the interview Rebecca Croom Fordham discusses her teaching experiences in Lenoir County, North Carolina, her college years at East Carolina Teachers Training School (especially during the 1918 flu epidemic), the real estate boom and subsequent bust in Florida, the 1925 hurricane in Florida, and her work managing Tahiti Beach in Coral Gables, Florida.

This interview was done by William Everett "Mickey" Elmore, nephew of Mrs. Fordham.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Rebecca Croom Fordham

Processing information

Processed by M. Cherry, March 1988

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

General note


Key terms
Personal Names
Fordham, Rebecca Croom, 1899-1983
Family Names
Fordham family
Corporate Names
East Carolina Teachers Training School--Alumni and alumnae
Teachers--North Carolina--Lenoir County
Miami (Fla.)--Economic conditions--20th century