Browse Interviews (121 total)

This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Mabel C. Pullen, graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School (1918) and accomplished businesswoman and educator. Mrs. Pullen discusses her education at Eastern and her career as a teacher as well as her dairy business and the effects of the Great Depression on Kentucky agri-business.

George Crabtree is a retired farmer, operated a general store and worked in the timber business. In this interview, Crabtree, discusses while working in the timber business, he would transport the timber by way of railroad. He describes the area of Torrent, KY, and what used to be a town.

Mina Hauselman is a descendant of the original Swiss settlers into Laurel County, KY. In this interview, Hauselman discusses the history of the settlers.

Dorrinda Binder is a first generation descendant of the original Swiss settlers into Laurel County, KY. In this interview, Binder, discusses the history of the settlers and the Swiss church.

Josiah Dodson is a Wayne County, KY native, a farmer and a member of Big Sinking Baptist Church. In this interview, Dodson, discusses being a farmer and having a family. He also describes activities in the church and the future of the church.

In this interview, Hiram Parrish explains the duties of a County Judge and County Judge Executive, and he expresses his preference for the Judicial Referendum. He also details his father's career as a trader, and the role horses and mules played in their lives.

In this interview, Hershel Lynch discusses his employment history and public service career. Lynch concludes that poor infrastructure and high unemployment were the primary shortfalls in Jackson County. This interview also contains additional comments by Herman Brockman, a former Jackson County Court Coordinator.

In this interview, Homer Powell recollects his life experiences as a Jackson County native, farmer, magistrate, and county judge. Powell concludes that the newly adopted Judicial System is destructive to his predominatly Republican community. Other topics include election campaigns and his extensive political career which spanned from 1942 to 1977.

In this interview, C. W. Murphy, a Morgan County native and former Wolfe County Judge, discusses his family history, farming and his land holdings, election campaigns, and local politics. Murphy has few good things to say about the Judicial Referendum in the interview. Other topics include the perceived need to cut 3/4 of the welfare from the Wolfe…

Richard Ousley, a Greenup County native, details his family history and his political career in this interview. He was the last county judge under the old system and the first elected Judge Executive since the Judicial Referendum, which took effect in 1977. Ousley discusses, amongst other topics, the difficulties of long hours under the old system,…

In this interview, Austin Wenz, a Mason County native, details his family history, education, the reasons he entered into politics and the offices he has held. Interview topics include conversations over the predominantly farming population of Mason County, the Judicial Referendum and a comparison of the old and new systems, the positive roads,…

In this interview Porter Henson, a Robertson County native and WW II veteran, discusses his family history, military service, farming background, and public service career in Robertson County, which began with a county school board position and continued once he was appointed County Judge in 1963. Other interview topics include the pains of high…

In this interview, A. G. Pritchett, a Henderson County native, comments on his family, education, and a Henderson County political career that began with 12 years as Magistrate, and continued with 7 years of judicial service. He discusses the changes in his duties under the Judicial Referendum, the condition of county roads and bridges, and, the…

Evelyn Young, a Hickman County native and assistant to Hickman County Judge Executive Stanley Hopkins, discusses her education, political interests and experiences in this interview. She comments extensively on the Judicial Referendum, Judge Hopkins, Hickman County roads, ambulance and hospital services, senior citizen programs and other county…

In this interview, Bill Fraser discusses his personal background and experiences as both the Carlisle County Sheriff and Judge Executive. He comments on county politics, the farming and school systems in the county, and revenue sharing.

In this interview, Joseph Pearman, a Larue County native, discusses his family history, education, and employment prior to becoming County Judge Executive. He also comments on the Judicial Referendum, the county's current and future needs, local industry, the county school system, and park and recreation development around Lincoln's Birthplace.

Charles Roberts, a Nelson County native, discusses his public service career and family history in this interview. Interview topics include his decision to enter into politics, the positions he has held, the county's problematic roads and bridges, and discussions over the Judicial Referendum and his efforts to improve recreation and entertainment…

In this interview, Donald Doyel discusses his interests in politics and his experiences as a Democrat in a predominantly Republican county. There is no retirement system for County Judge Executive position so he was unsure of his plans to run again. Doyel concludes that unemployment, poor roads, inadequate landfill access, and a lack of a hospital…

J. Bourbon Elliott, a Washington County native, shares his experiences as a County Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics include discussions over his education and family, his election campaigns, the Judicial Referendum, Fiscal Court, his typical job duties, and his major concerns, which include a shortage of doctors and absence of a…

Snyder speaks of many of her neighbors in the area and about the history of several points of interest.

Farmer discusses the Kentucky River and the surrounding community.

George Fugate is a Letcher County, KY native. In this interview he describes growing up on a farm and being raised by his grandparents. Coal rights were given to John C. C. Mayo of the family farm, because Fugate states Mayo bribed his grandmother in doing so. When Fugate finished eighth grade he attended Eastern Normal School. This was the first…

F. M. Burke is a Pike County, KY native. He attended Eastern State Teachers College and Normal School. In this interview, Burke, gives detailed information about his family history, growing up on a farm and his father's timber business. After being rejected for not meeting the requirements for admission to Eastern, he boarded a train and headed to…

Henry Martin served as Dean of Students at Eastern Kentucky University under President Martin. In this interview, Martin reflects on his education at Berea College, his military service in the Navy, and his role as the EKU dormitory director.

Retired farmer and former logger discusses life and rafting on the Kentucky River.

Combs reminiscences about rafting on Troublesome Creek and the Northfolk of the Kentucky River.

Delbert T. Harrison discusses his life experiences and the changes in Estill County that he witnessed during his lifetime. Interview topics include comments on growing up in a family with 14 children, his work history, and the major changes in juvenile behaviors and family dynamics.

Mossies Osborne discusses her life experiences while living in Clark County for most of her life. Interview topics include discussions over her family's farm and family economy, and her experiences as a wife, mother and widow. She concludes that lifestyles were healthier, safer, and, in general, better.

Helen Davis Walker discusses growing up as the daughter of an African American sharecropper and domestic worker. Walker comments extensively on the differences between living in the country as a young girl and later in Winchester KY as a teenager and adult. Walker also comments on changes in race relations, schools, and, more generally, economic…

Elmer Combs discusses growing up on a farm in Perry County near Hazard, Kentucky. Interview topics include discussions about coal mining, farming and farm life, self-sufficiency practices, molasses production, and other related changes from the times of his youth to the present.

Rachel Hall discusses growing up with her grandparents while living on a farm in Powell County. Hall comments on their daily activities, her chores, and her careers in a factory and the local school system. She also concludes that changes in female equity, and a lack of discipline and neighborly support underscore the major differences between her…

Shirley Richardson discusses growing up on a farm in Clark County and her eventual 30 year career with the Road Department. Richardson comments extensively on the farm life of her youth and the changing economic and social conditions across Clark County, including changes in the number of churches and shopping areas in Winchester. She also shares…

Irene Woosley discusses growing up in the Kiddville "village"/Trap area of Clark County. She comments extensively on her family life and marriage, changes in community values, and the eventual collapse of the Kiddville area, which she attributes to people leaving the area for employment opportunities in a changing economy.

J. C. Burnell discusses growing up and living on a farm outside of Richmond, Kentucky. He comments on his chores and eventual responsibilities, as well as the differences between his childhood and adolescence and the experiences of today's youth.

Douglas Browning discusses his eventful life after being raised in Mount Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky. Browning concludes that after leaving Montgomery County, where his family had resided for over 14 generations, he traveled the country and worked at approximately 45 jobs and moved 40 times. Other interview topics include his education…

Celia Estes shares her experiences of growing up on a farm in Powell County. Estes eventually relocated to Ohio for some time before returning to Kentucky. She shares a great deal of information about farming and farm life, home remedies, the local power structures and churches in Powell County, her childhood and education, and her five children,…

John Parks shares his experiences of growing up on a farm in Madison County. Interviews topics include discussions about farm life, churches, home remedies, raising livestock, education, discipline, crime rates, and the excitements he felt when attending Court Days, festivals, and fairs.

Billy Cooper discusses his experiences while growing up in Estill County on a mountain farm. Interview topics include extended conversations about mountain life, including home remedies, farming, raising hogs, gardening, canning, logging, preserving meat, and the social importance of fairs and festivals. The remainder of the interview addresses the…

Joe Estes discusses his experiences while growing up and living in both Estill and Madison County. Interview topics include farming and farm life, local oil, timber, and coal booms, and an extended conversation over living and working near the Kentucky River. Other topics include his education, changes in healthcare, and a 627 page monograph he…

Sonja Estes discusses her experiences while growing up, first, in Estill County and, later, in Fayette County. Estes spends a great deal of time commenting on her family life and upbringing. The remainder of the interview details relevant changes in Estill County's industry, farming practices, and, healthcare and education systems.

Darnell Fletcher discusses his experiences as an African American who grew up in Powell County, Kentucky. Fletcher shares his family history and Air Force service record, and other related life experiences. Other topics include tobacco farming and farm life, raising livestock, desegregation, circuit preachers and church life, and, an extended…

Carolyn Floyd discusses her farming experiences, as well as her years of living and raising her children on the Kentucky River, Madison County, Kentucky. She also recalls many stories about Cassius Clay, her step-great grandfather, and Brutus Clay. In general, Floyd's interview covers a variety of topics from farming and national politics, to the…

Betty Smith discusses growing up and living in Clark County for most of her life. Interview topics include discussions about entertainment opportunities and games when she was growing up, Main Street businesses, restaurants, and socializing in Winchester, as well as many comments on Clark County industry and economic trends.

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