Interview with Edward Drake


  • Identifier2005 OH 006
  • Date8/23/2004
  • InterviewerDenton, Beckie
  • IntervieweeDrake, Edward
  • DescriptionEdward Drake discusses growing up in Irvine, Kentucky as the son of a railroad worker. Drake details his early childhood and his eventual employment in the same line of work as his father. Drake comments extensively on his education and work history, as well as relevant changes and the constants in Irvine, such as high unemployment rates. He provides a vivid snapshot of life in Irvine and Hazard in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • LocationEstill County, KY
  • Duration0:45
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • Funding SourceThe Community Change in the Kentucky Foothills of Appalachia Project was funded by the Kentucky Oral History Commission.


“Interview with Edward Drake,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed March 28, 2023,