The tape starts with a conversation in which Hoskins is saying there were no restrictions on females in her family, which was "Scotch-Irish," with the Byrd side of the family coming from England. She talks about seeing child labor in factories, an impression that stayed with her. She attended Meridian College for Women in Meridian, Mississippi, her hometown, although she was born in Brooklyn. (She was 95 when interviewed.) Hoskins was raised as a Methodist but became a Unitarian later. She was married in 1915 to a man in fire protection, and they came to San Diego, where he worked for San Diego Gas & Electric.