Interview with George Fugate

  • Identifier1998 OH 006
  • Date9/23/1995
  • InterviewerHay, Charles
  • IntervieweeFugate, George
  • DescriptionGeorge 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 time Fugate had seen running water and electricity living in the dormitory. He discusses recreation on campus. He began his teaching career in Letcher County. Fugate also had a military career with the National Guard and was drafted into WWI and WWII. Each time returning to KY with a career in coal mining, teaching and the railroad. Fugate discusses the Unions and the issues with the coal mining company's. Fugate retired in 1964 and settled in Lexington, attributed his long life to his attitude.
  • LocationLexington, KY
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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