Office of Oral History

Thomas McConnell
Thomas McConnell

Thomas McConnell Oral History Interview

Thomas Jason “Tom” “Junior” McConnell, Jr. was born May 7, 1926 in Shelton, South Carolina, about a half mile from where this interview took place in 2011.  He grew up there, one of eight children; four boys and four girls. 

In the interview he recalls having no electricity until the late 1930s, starting work at age 14, and being paid “under the desk”.  The interview covers his life and work in rural South Carolina, 1930s-2011, including his time working at Shivar Spring Co. in the 1940s, playing baseball as a kid, race relations and community recollections.

Pumpkin House
Pump House, 2012