- Goldmine: Root
- Oral History Collections
- David Goldfield Student Project on Change in the Charlotte Region
- Christine Miller oral history interview, 2006 November 19
Christine Miller oral history interview, 2006 November 19
Christine Miller recounts her life growing up in Salisbury, North Carolina, as well as her forty years living in Charlotte. She describes living on her family's five-acre farm in the country outside of Salisbury and her time working at Ketner's Super Market, a predecessor to the Food Lion chain of grocery stores. Mrs. Miller speaks highly of Mr. Ketner and the flexible work schedule she was allowed after the birth of her first child. She discusses how she juggled home, work, and raising three children, explaining that she would work on the days her husband did not so there would always be one parent at home with the children. Her family moved to Charlotte for her husband's job in the late 1950s, and she recalls her extended family's perception of Charlotte as a big, dangerous city. Mrs. Miller goes on to discuss Miller True Value Hardware, the store she and her husband owned in Charlotte, including her role in running the business and their neighbor's generous contribution in helping them finance their business.