Interviewee: Dorothy Anthony
Interviewer: Jenn Garrett
Date: November 19, 2004
G: It's November 19, 2004, and I'm interviewing Dorothy Anthony. Dorothy, where
are you from?
G: When were you married?
A: July, 1944.
G: Do you feel that your husband's military experience impacted your life at all?
A: Oh, yes it did.
G: In what way?
A: On the fact that we built a home on the G.I. Bill in Orlando. Then we came up
here to school. He probably wouldn't have done it, although he had gone to
junior college down there.
G: What year did he return from his work in the service?
A: I guess fall of 1945.
G: Were you involved in his decision to go back to school?
A: Oh, I probably was, yes.
G: Were you happy about moving to Gainesville?
A: I didn't mind it at all.
G: Had you worked when you were in Orlando?
A: No. I was a stay-at-home mom.
G: Did you have to make any sacrifices for your husband to go to school?
A: Well, I don't know if you'd call it sacrifices, but I did work, which I enjoy. Living
like we did there, it wasn't very permanent.
G: What did you expect that university life would be like?
A: Actually, I don't know. We enjoyed the football and the basketball.
G: Did you have any concerns about coming to the university?
A: No, not at all.
G: Were you interested in taking any classes at that time?
A: I signed up and was accepted, and my first class was going to be eight o' clock
in the morning, and I had to walk our daughter to school, but there were some
dogs in the neighborhoods, so I just backed out and said, no, I can't take that
class. I worked, too. It had to be an early morning class or a late afternoon
G: Were you worried about being able to pay the tuition for that class?
A: They gave us one free class at that time if you worked at the university. Some
people got a degree by doing that, people that worked for the university.
G: When you moved into Flavet, did you know how long it would take for your
husband to graduate?
A: We figured about three years.
G: Can you describe a typical day for you while you lived in Flavet? What time you
woke up and what your chores were?
A: Get my daughter ready for school and then get myself ready for work. Then I
walked all the way from Flavet over to the administration building on 13th Street.
Then I walked back at noon, had my lunch at Flavet and went back. A lot of
times we ate at the cafeteria in the evening. We'd meet and eat in the cafeteria.
G: Which cafeteria did you meet at?
A: University. It's probably nowhere near where it was then. It was on the campus.
G: You were working at Tigert Hall?
A: Yes. It's Tigert now. It was just called administration building at that time.
G: It must have just opened when you started working there?
A: Very possibly.
G: What was your job there?
A: First I started out as a file clerk. Then I was promoted to bookkeeper.
G: Was the transition to university life difficult for you?
A: Not a bit.
G: Your husband mentioned that you lived in your own home in Orlando before you
moved to Flavet. What was it like going from your own home with your own
furniture to moving into some place like Flavet?
A: It wasn't bad. It was furnished with little maple furniture. The only bad thing was
the ice box. We had to get us a refrigerator. It was running over all the time.
G: Did it meet all of your expectations as far as housing? Was there anything from
your home in Orlando that you really missed when you moved there?
A: No. We never regretted it a bit.
G: Can you describe the interior of your apartment a little bit? It was a one-
G: It was a two-bedroom, that's right.
A: We had a child. The living room was in the maple furniture, I remember that.
G: The maple furniture, it was upholstered?
A: Cushions. The wooden frame with cushions with wooden arms. I couldn't tell
you about the bedrooms right now. We probably have pictures, too, out in the
G: What did the kitchen come equipped with?
A: It had an icebox and a little table and chairs. It had a stove. That's about it.
They said these were old officers barracks.
G: You were required to bring your mixer and your bowls and pots and pans and all
of those things?
A: Yes. Anything like that you had to bring your own.
G: You had an oven?
A: Oh, yes. The stove had an oven, I think it was down below.
G: Do you recall any optional amenities when you moved in? Things that you could
pay extra for?
A: No. I don't think we even had a telephone, I'm not sure.
G: Did you have any other appliances, besides the icebox? A washing machine,
waffle iron, coffee percolator, electric fan?
A: Percolator, yes. We always had a coffee maker.
G: What about a fan?
A: Fan? I think there was a window fan. I have asthma, and the summers were
very bad for me. The fans did cool the air a little.
G: Did the windows have screens on them?
A: They must have. They'd have to.
G: Was there anything that you did to your home to make it more livable? Anything
to personalize it?
A: Nope, outside of the fridge.
G: Were you allowed to hang things on the wall or paint?
A: We left our furniture in our house and rented it furnished. At that time, we didn't
have a lot of things. We had gotten married in  and came to Florida in
G: Were there any pictures on the wall or any kind of window treatments?
A: Not that I remember, no.
G: What were the issues with sound within the unit, like being able to hear your
A: It wasn't bad, although our daughter had a tricycle, and the people downstairs
asked us not to let her ride it up there. It thumped. Outside that, no. We may
have heard voices, but no problems.
G: What about insulation in the winter? Were they insulated at all?
A: I couldn't tell you. We survived. It doesn't get all that cold here. I don't think.
G: Do you know if any of the other residents aided in the maintenance of the
structures? Any of the maintenance such as painting or cleaning of the
A: I don't know if anybody ever did anything like that.
G: Were you allowed to have any pets?
A: We didn't have one, and I don't know of anyone that did.
G: Would you describe the social life at Flavet Village?
A: Did we socialize there?
G: Can you describe the social life?
A: The mothers, some of us would go berry picking over there where it's Fraternity
Row now with our children. We would go hit golf balls on one of the fields that's
now being used by the university. We did have one couple that we visited with
back and forth and played cards with. We went to the games, of course. They
had babysitting for those who had children.
G: Did you have to pay for that?
A: I can't remember. I imagine they were taken care of. I think they had them over
in what is now the ladies' gym. That's where you took them.
G: That was for anyone on campus that needed child care or just for Flavet?
A: I don't remember if it was just Flavet or anyone. At that time, there probably
weren't that many. They were all in the Flavets.
G: Did you know anyone in the Flavet Village before you moved there?
A: Before? No. We had no idea what it would be like.
G: How did residents celebrate holidays?
A: We usually went to Orlando. He still had a sister down there. We went to Illinois
a few times for Christmas.
G: Were there any parties within Flavet Village?
A: I think they had things for children sometimes.
G: I read in the Flavet archives that movies were shown at Flavet. Do you recall
those and did you ever go to any of them?
A: No. We never went to those. My daughter and I would go up to the theater
because it was cool in the summer.
G: Where was the theater at that time?
A: It was on the right hand side of University Avenue. I think there's one of those
wild places there now where they have those bands and things. I think it was the
Florida Theater. I'm not positive.
G: Were you close to your neighbors?
A: Not real close, no. Of course, we always said hi and we talked and the gals
would sit on the steps with their children and watch them play. I wouldn't say we
weren't, but we were all busy. The lady below was a nurse. She had a tough
time. She didn't have much freedom.
G: Did most of the wives work at that time?
A: A lot of them did, I know that. The young couple across the hall from us, she
worked while he was going to school.
G: Do you keep up with any of your friends that you met in Flavet?
G: Were there any groups of people that tended to socialize together? You said
that sometimes they would sit on the steps and watch their children together.
Were there any others?
A: I don't know. I couldn't tell you.
G: Were there ever any church services held within Flavet?
A: Not that I know of. We went to the first [Methodist] church.
G: What did you do for recreation while living in Flavet? You said that you picked
the berries and played golf. Was there anything else?
A: I took bridge.
G: Was that a bridge club within Flavet?
A: It was for student wives.
G: Where would you all play?
A: I think it was the old Union.
G: What about in the summers? You lived there in the summer. Was there a pool
you could go to?
G: Which one did you go to?
A: It was the old one, the first one they had. We took our daughter there for swim
lessons. I don't think either one of us took advantage of it.
G: Was that the university pool behind Women's Gym?
G: It was the campus pool, not just for Flavet.
A: It was campus. They advertised swim lessons for the children.
G: Were you usually in charge of the household chores?
G: When you had to wash clothes, what did you do?
A: We had a laundromat over there in Flavet.
G: Did it include dryers?
A: Yes, I guess it did, because we had nowhere to do anything in the apartments.
G: There were no lines to hang anything on?
G: Were you active in any clubs or groups besides bridge?
A: Outside of the church, no.
G: Were there any minorities living in Flavet at that time?
A: Not that I know of. I don't remember seeing any. Of course, you worked, you
were back and forth, back and forth.
G: You usually walked to your job?
A: I sure did.
G: But you all did have a car?
A: Yeah. He needed that to get around.
G: There's an incident noted in the Flavet Board of Commissioners meetings about
whether one of the resident's maid would be able to use the laundry facilities for
cleaning their employer's clothes. Do you remember hearing anything about
G: Did you know anyone that had a maid?
A: No. I sure didn't.
G: What happened when you or someone in your family got sick? Were you able to
go the infirmary?
A: No. We had our own doctor.
G: Would that doctor come to you in Flavet?
A: I think my husband may have gone to the infirmary, but we had a doctor.
G: Did the doctor come to you?
A: I think the pediatrician did come out to Flavet a time or two. I do think he did.
G: What do you know about the volunteer fire department in Flavet Three?
A: Not a thing.
G: Was fire a big concern for you while you were living there?
A: No, it sure wasn't.
G: You were used to the gas cooking and gas heat?
G: Was there a Flavet newsletter or a paper that ran for Flavet residents?
A: I'm sure we got information about what's going on around there. I'm sure we did.
G: Did you feel safe living in Flavet?
A: Yes I did.
G: Was there ever any crime that you can recall?
A: Not that I remember, no.
G: Did you feel like there was a sense of community living in the Flavet?
A: I would say so.
G: Why is that?
A: I don't know, you're just all doing the same thing, getting your education,
G: Were you proud of living in Flavet?
A: I didn't mind it at all.
G: Dean of Students R.C. Beatty was quoted as saying that there was a low divorce
rate in the Flavets. Beatty's explanation for this was that the veterans of this era
have something in the way of character. What do you think Beatty was talking
about when he was referring to character and what do you think kept families
together at that time?
A: The generation. We didn't think of divorce. You made do. You got along.
G: Was this the first time that you had gone through having to work and things like
that? Was this a new experience for you or had you gone through hard times
A: It was the first time that I worked after we were married, after we came to Florida.
I did work in Illinois.
G: What kinds of rules were in place for living in Flavet?
A: I can't think of any. I really can't. We probably had a time you had to be quiet
and things like that for people needing to study. I just don't remember any.
G: Were those kinds of things generally adhered to?
A: I never heard of any problems, let's put it that way.
G: Why was that? Even neighborhoods now will have disputes about things. It
doesn't seem as though you all ever had any.
A: I never heard of anybody who had a problem, I really didn't.
G: Do you know why that might be?
A: Nope. Except we were there for a purpose. I guess we were just happy to have
the war over and things settled down.
G: Did many residents own vehicles at that time?
A: I think so.
G: Were there any traffic problems?
G: Did you feel safe letting your daughter go out and play at that time or did she
mainly play in the house?
A: She played outside. There wasn't a lot of traffic around there and so many
children. If she was out there alone I might not have let her.
G: Did they have a playground at Flavet Three?
A: A playground, I don't remember, I'm sorry.
G: I've read about the mayors and commissioners of Flavet Villages. Do you know
if all three Villages had separate mayors?
A: They probably did, yeah.
G: What kind of power did the mayor have?
A: I have no idea. It may have been just a figurehead.
G: Were you allowed to vote on who you wanted to be mayor and commissioner?
A: I don't remember that either.
G: Do you know if women could serve on the board of commissioners?
A: I have no idea. I wasn't interested, I guess.
G: What were some of the most controversial issues among the residents of
Flavets? Is there anything that residents were concerned about, having to do
with Flavet, having to do with Gainesville, having to do with the county or school?
A: We didn't have any, and I don't remember anybody making a big deal of
G: How much of a concern was money to you when you lived in Flavet?
A: I guess it wasn't a big concern. We got the rent from our home. I worked and he
worked. He had the G.I. Bill.
G: Did you usually handle the finances for your family or did your husband?
A: At that time, I'm not sure. Later, I made sure to take care of everything.
G: How did most people afford living in Flavet?
A: It wasn't very expensive, so I don't know. If one of them doesn't have a job, I
really don't know.
G: Can you give me an idea of what expenses made up your budget at that time?
A: The rent and the food and a doctors visit, things like that. We did eat out at
Primrose [Gainesville restaurant]. Have you ever heard of the Primrose Grill?
G: Yes I have.
A: That was our special place. We love to go there.
G: It's close to downtown, right?
A: It was. It's offices now, I think. Somebody's got an office in there. That was a
G: What other places were there available for residents to go out and eat? You
mentioned that he did go to the cafeteria.
A: The cafeteria, yes. Primrose was a special place for us. I don't remember
others. You didn't have your fast food then.
G: Speaking of that, what time would you get home from your job usually?
A: About four-thirty.
G: Did you usually make dinner at night?
A: Yes. If we didn't eat out. I'm trying to think about what kinds of meals we
G: Was it hard to get home in time to take care of your daughter and to do the
A: Not really. Things ran pretty smooth for us.
G: How often did you eat out?
A: It seemed like we ate at the cafeteria a lot, so that helped. We had choices then.
As far as the Primrose, how often did we go? I should remember, but I don't.
G: Was it very expensive to eat at the cafeteria?
A: No. Very reasonable.
G: Was anybody already covered by their university tuition or anything else?
A: No, we paid as we got there.
G: You said many of the wives did work in Flavet when you were there.
A: Oh yes. I'm sure they did.
G: What would they do with their children while they were working?
A: A lot of them didn't even have children yet. I don't know, that nurse down below.
Her children were younger. She must have had somebody come in.
G: Was there a nursery or anything in Flavet Three?
A: Not that I know of. We tried one here in town, and she didn't like it, so I quit my
job temporarily until she started school.
G: That was the preschool that your husband was telling me about?
A: Yes. She just couldn't adjust.
G: Did you have any concerns about raising your child in Flavet?
A: Not at all. I sure didn't.
G: Did you expect that your financial situation would change after your husband
A: Oh sure.
G: Did living in Flavet influence your life in any way?
A: I guess you can't forget the bare necessities that you put up with.
G: What were the negative aspects of living there that we haven't already covered?
A: I don't know. I guess we're easy to please because I never had any
G: What was the best part about living there?
A: It was on campus I guess. It was cheap, very cheap.
G: What was the worst?
A: I can't think of a worst. We had a car to get our groceries.
G: Are there any other individuals that you can suggest that I should interview for
A: That lived in Flavet?
A: There's only one couple, and they were graduate students that we were very
close to, because he was in entomology, same as my husband. They are away
from here now and we just lost contact. We sent Christmas cards for years.
Last we heard, I think they were in Tallahassee.
G: Is there anything else that I haven't asked you about that you'd like to talk about?
A: Not really.
G: Thank you so much.
A: You're sure welcome.
[End of the interview.]