• Samantha Alcaraz

Ramona Russell from Heron Pointe Senior Living




Ramona Russell - Singing in the Hopyards

Interviewer: Ramona so tell me where were you in the United States?


Ramona: We were in a Hopyard out of Independence.


Interviewer: Hopyard out of Independence, okay.


Ramona: Her family were working in the Hobbs and my family were working in the hops and this group, they had a musical group. And they were pretty good and well I was only 14.


Interviewer: Right.


Ramona: But anyhow, my folks of course wouldn’t let me go. They wanted to go around to the hop yards and sing. And they had guitars and everything.


Interviewer: Oh, really?


Ramona: Oh yeah! But I am thankful that my folks didn’t let me go. I was only 14


Interviewer: So you like to sing as a kid?


Ramona: Oh yes my brother and I both did!


Interviewer: Okay


Ramona: We sang together.



Ramona Russell - Miss Tucker


Interviewer: So then there were competitions or how did you meet Miss Tucker?


Ramona: My dad said I couldn’t go with these guys to sing and then this other group was camping at the same campground. And I don’t know how it got that she said she would go with them because she sang good with the guitar. I mean I just sing a little bit but she sang good. So she went with them then of course and became Tammy Tucker.


Interviewer: Tammy Tucker, that’s great. Yeah she has some good music, she’s a country singer.


Ramona: Oh yes they do! Yes, very good.


Interviewer: Well Ramona, that’s impressive!


Ramona: It was neat back in those days because everybody had a guitar and sang.


Interviewer: Yes! That’s great, wow. In your family, how many kids were there?


Ramona: In my family? Just my brother and I.


Interviewer: Okay, did you guys work in the fields?


Ramona: Oh sure!


Interviewer: And those are the hop fields?


Ramona: Hops, berries, cherries. Anything that you could make money at!




Transcription and Audio Edit by Ileana Chavez and Samantha Alcaraz.


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