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Fife recalls vivid memories of food lines and suicides during the Depression, though his family was not affected much.

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…

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.…

Betty Isaacs discusses growing up and living in Clark County for most her life. Interview topics include discussions about changes in healthcare, education, and entertainment, housing, and access to good jobs.

Charles Vanhuss discusses growing up in Ravenna, Estill County, Kentucky. Interview topics include discussions about his family history and his father's involvement with the L&N Railroad, the education system and churches, his interest in politics,…

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…

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…

Frances Moore discusses her upbringing in Madison County, and her experiences while living in Berea. Interview topics include discussions over her home life, family history, and education, Berea churches and church life, and the distinct East versus…

Marie McCoy discusses her experiences while growing up in Powell County. Interview topics include her education, recreation on her family farm, her family's work history, which included sawmill work and farming, and the role that churches played in…

Maudie Tyra discusses her upbringing in Breathitt County. Tyra comments extensively on her childhood and how losing her mother at a young age presented many challenges. Other interview topics include discussions about demographic change in the…

Virginia Yeager discusses growing up in Estill County during the early 20th Century. Being the oldest child in her family Yeager took on a great deal of responsibility at a young age; she eventually became a school teacher at 17 years old. Other…

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…

Guy Bowling discusses growing up and working in both Berea, Kentucky and the orange groves of Florida. Bowling provides a detailed comparison of his life in Kentucky versus his experiences in Florida; in particular he comments on railroads and union…

Elsie Marie Skinner discusses growing up in Clark County as the youngest in a large African American family. She comments extensively on how her childhood and adolescence influenced the ways that she brought up her five children. Skinner also details…

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…

Carl Brock discusses his complicated childhood and adult life, which resulted in regular moves between Flemingsburg, Morgan County, Wolf County, and Powell County. Brock comments on working in construction, factories, and the coal mines while raising…

Isaac Bruton Sr. discusses his life experiences as an African American carpenter, farmer, and railroad worker. He comments extensively on race relations, growing up and working as an African American, and the role that community, hard work and…

Emma Woosley discusses growing up in Estill County, where they moved frequently and made do with little money. Woosley also comments extensively on the role that neighbors, religion, education, and, more generally, the community has played in the…

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…

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…

W.C. Thompson discusses the role that railroads played in Ravenna KY through time. He shares his memories of growing up in a town with 17,600, a number that declined as the railroads were replaced by automobiles. Thompson also comments on political…

Commissioner, Kentucky Department Natural Resources and Director, Natural Areas, Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. R. R. Richards, a Russell County, Kentucky native, was a professor of accounting at EKU. In this interview, Richards discusses his family history, and early life in Russell County. Dr. Richards also comments on his teachers and educational…

Dr. Smith Park, a Madison County, Kentucky native, was the longtime chairman of the Math Department at EKU. He was also a former University Dean. Park discusses past EKU Presidents and the campus layout in this interview.

In this interview, Helen Perry, Kentucky native, describes working at EKU as the Registrar Office secretary. She provides details of her social, and business life, and discusses her friends, co-workers and employers.

In this interview, Charles "Turkey" Hughes discusses the athletics department and the supportive attitude it received from EKU's presidents. He felt the professors in the physical education department were outstanding. Hughes also discusses the…

In this interview, Donald White, Editor of the Anderson News, discusses his education, newspaper career, the Anderson News, and many other community related topics, such as recreation access and county growth.

Samuel Phillips, a Taylor County native, details his life experiences and Taylor County public service career in this interview. He comments extensively on the Judicial Referendum, his election campaigns, the Fiscal Court, and the major problems that…

Dick Castleman, a Graves County native, comments on his life experiences as the Graves County Sheriff, Judge, and Judge Executive in this interview. He comments on the various job duties of the positions, the Judicial Referendum, low income housing,…

Floyd Hooks, a Lyon County native, discusses his terms as County Judge and Judge Executive in this interview. Interview topics include discussions over his former teachers, how he dealt with juveniles, the powers of the Fiscal Court, and his typical…

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,…

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.…

In this interview, Nancy Botts discusses Barren County and the life and public service career of her boss, County Judge Executive Dale Burchett. She comments on Burchett's background and the issues the county faces, such as problems with the…

In this interview, Bob Minix, an Allen County native, comments on his experiences in public service, which includes terms as the County Sheriff and Judge Executive. Interview topics include his election campaigns, the Judicial Referendum, the boards…

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,…

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…

Billy Shuffet, a Green County native, comments on his life experiences and short political career in this interview. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum, county budgeting, the pros and cons of the County Judge Executive job duties,…

In this interview, James Guffey, a Ballard County native, discusses his education, reasons for "getting into" politics, and his corresponding public service experiences as Deputy Sheriff, County Judge and County Judge Executive. Interview topics…

Basil Griffith, a Henderson County native, details his education, military service and Warren County public service experiences in this interview. He comments extensively on the Judicial Referendum changes, various county services and functions,…

Robert Brown, a Logan County native, details his personal background, education, and Logan County public service career in this interview. He comments extensively on his interest in politics, offices he held, which include magistrate and County Judge…

Jesse Link, a Mississippi born and Kentucky raised retired veteran details his education and the Simpson County offices held in this interview. Judge Link comments on the Judicial Referendum, a "library issue", a successful tax vote, and changes in…

In this interview, Martin County native Victoria Kirk comments on her husband Willie's 30 years in the coal industry, his experiences as both a Martin County Judge and Judge Executive, and her role as County Treasurer. Interview topics include the…

Cecil Mallory, a Todd County native, discusses his education public service career in this interview. He comments county politics, the pros and cons to his job, the Judicial Referendum, a controversial library issue, county redistricting, and the…

William Williams, a Lyon County native, discusses his Lyon County public service career in this interview. Interview topics include the Judicial Referendum and Willams' job duties as Judge Executive, revenue sharing, major county problems, such as,…

In this interview, Bob Hite, a Henderson County native, discusses his family history and public service career in Union County, which includes 4 years as Mayor of Morganfield, 4 years on the City Council and his election to County Judge Executive.…

In this interview, Woodrow Wilson, a Metcalfe County native, discusses his public service experiences, which began with a school board appointment and continued once he was elected to County Judge in 1965. Interview topics include the Judicial…

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,…

In this interview, John Corlis, a Bracken County native, U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and lumber businessman, discusses his life experiences and political career. Corlis comments extensively on the poor road conditions in Bracken county,…

William Owens, a Fleming County native, discusses his family history, education, military service record, and reasons for entering politics in this interview. He comments extensively on the public offices he has held, which include Deputy Sheriff,…

Matt Blackard discusses his family history, education, and his 40 years in politics in this interview. He comments extensively on the state and local judicial systems, the Judicial Referendum, former Governor "Happy Chandler", and revenue sharing,…
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