Frances Gertrude Levine

Mother, Grandmother, Secretary, 103 years old

All the kids were in one bed, my mother had her own. There was an upstairs and a downstairs and I slept in the alcove of the downstairs. That was my bedroom. I had an egg box that was my bureau.....The bottom part I kept a couple of pair of pants, and on the top a couple of tops and then I had two middy blouses, one I wore and one I had to wash and had to wait to dry so I could wear to school the next day.


Frances Gertrude Levine was born in Pinsk/Minsk on January 12, 1904. At the time of this interview she was 103 years old. She grew up in Worcester, MA as the oldest of ten siblings. She has four children and eleven grandchildren. In this interview she talks about her memories of growing up, her parents, and brothers and sisters. Frances worked as a secretary for many years and continued after her children were grown. Her memories include meeting President Herbert Hoover, weekly paychecks of $12.00, and movies that cost a nickel. [Frances Levine died on August 29, 2009 at the age of 105.]

Interview Date: 
April 4, 2007