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Interview with Robert M. Carpenter


1986 OH 150




This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Robert M. Carpenter, Alumnus of Eastern State Normal School. Mr. Carpenter taught School for thirty-five years in the Madison County School System. He remembers his years at Eastern with great pride.


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Jones, Harold


Paint Lick, KY



Time Summary:

00:00 - 01:00 Introduction.
01:00 - 02:00 Robert M. Carpenter born December 25, 1902, Madison County, Kentucky. Parents were Andrew Carpenter and Lilly Lane Carpenter.
02:00 - 03:50 Discussed educational background. Graduated from Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in 1934.
03:50 - 05:00 Discussed friends and living on Campus in Memorial Hall.
05:00 - 06:30 Remembers Mrs. Keith as Dorm Director and other faculty members.
06:30 - 07:40 Discussed Dr. Coats, Dr. Donovan and O'Donnell as Presidents of Eastern while in school.
07:40 - 09:00 Discussed first impression of Eastern.
09:00 - 11:00 Discussed students working on campus. Started teaching in 1927.
11:00 - 12:00 Mentions Dr. Christian as a "tough", instructor.
12:00 - 14:00 Discussed Buildings on campus.
14:00 - 17:00 Discussed how Depression affected school and county.
17:00 - 20:00 Talks about teaching career and education changing considerably during his teaching career. Feels students were more dedicated to their work in earlier years than at present time.
20:00 - 22:00 Feels Eastern had great influence on his life.
22:00 - 24:00 Mentions his wife Beulah Ramsey Carpenter also school teacher. Had three children.
24:00 - 25:00 Talked of Graduate Program at Eastern, also faculty.