DescriptionLetcher County native George Fugate describes his life while growing up on a farm where he was raised by his grandparents. Fugate mentions that John C. Mayo bribed his grandmother for coal rights after they moved to Whitesburg. When Fugate finished eighth grade he attended Eastern Normal School, which was the first time he saw running water and electricity. In this interview, he discusses recreation on campus, his education, and his eventual teaching career in Letcher County. Fugate also details his military career with the National Guard and his participation in WWI and WWII. Upon returning to Kentucky after being deployed, he worked in coal mining, education, and with the railroad. Fugate also discusses local Unions and relevant issues with the coal mining companies. Fugate retired in 1964 and had settled in Lexington by the time of this interview.