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.

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…

Retired Farmer and General Electric Worker

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

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,…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Fister discusses the Depression and how it impacted his life.

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…

Mayor of Crab Orchard

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.

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…

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.

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…

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

Elbert Arvin discusses his farming experiences, as well as his role as an Estill County country store, saw mill and slaughterhouse owner. Arvin comments extensively on the acreage he owns, the work that goes into maintaining his farms and livestock, Kentucky politics, and his Great Depression memories.

Zimmerman discusses daily life during the Depression.

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.

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…

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…

Brammer discusses the Depression and how it impacted her life.

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.

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…

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…
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