Interview with Lawrence Martin

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Identifier

1987 OH 076

Date

4/16/1987

Description

The following is an unrehearsed taped interview with Lawrence O. Martin, Alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University who for over thirty years was an employee of Eastern Kentucky University. First as a student worker, Buildings & Grounds and later for Food Service. This interview was taped in conjunction with the Alumni - Staff Project at Eastern Kentucky University.

Rights

Contact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.

Title

Interview with Lawrence Martin

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Ellis, William E.

Interviewee

Martin, Lawrence

Location

Richmond, KY

Duration

2:03:23

Time Summary

00:00 - 01:00 Introduction.
01:00 - 04:00 Lawrence O. Martin, Alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University born October 17, 1919 in a small coal mining town in Bennett, Tennessee. Father worked in coal mines since age 12 at a job called trapping.
04:00 - 08:00 Discussed Father's educational background. By correspondence courses became very skilled in electricity.
08:00 - 12:00 Joined Army Air Force at age nineteen, served six years. Went to Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
12:00 - 14:00 Discussed his job as Radio operator on Airplane C-45.
14:00 - 17:00 Went into insurance business in Pineville when released from Service.
17:00 - 22:00 Discussed Unions dealing with employees of coal mines.
22:00 - 27:00 Discussed being from a small mining town. Five children in family graduated from college.
27:00 - 30:00 Worked with father in machine repair shop.
30:00 - 32:00 Talks of mother and father with great respect.
32:00 - 36:00 Returned to Eastern Kentucky University in 1957.
36:00 - 38:00 Talks about meaning of "Constitution".
38:00 - 42:00 Discussed reading a lot of history books especially President Truman's. Feels he was a strong individual, a great character and made a deep impression on him.
42:00 - 47:00 Discussed the Depression years.
47:00 - 50:00 Talked about living in a coal mining town during Depression.
50:00 - 53:00 Started working at Eastern in 1958.
53:00 - 59:00 Discussed working tipple at coal mine while senior in high school.
59:00 - 62:00 Feels he received a great educational background from grade and high schools.
62:00 - 63:00 Discussed starting work on Buildings & Grounds.
63:00 - 67:00 Continued discussing working for Buildings & Grounds, wages of 50 cents per hour.
67:00 - 70:00 Discussed interest in cooking.
70:00 - 73:00 Continued discussion of working on campus.
73:00 - 77:00 Discussed starting to work in Food Service March 6, 1963.
77:00 - 80:00 Told story of misunderstanding he had with Dr. Martin.
80:00 - 85:00 Discussed beginning of job in Food Service.
85:00 - 86:00 Stopped teaching in 1972.
86:00 - 91:00 Discussed problems of Powell Building.
91:00 - 95:00 Discussed interviewing people for jobs in Food Service.
95:00 - 99:00 Discussed securing insurance for employees at Eastern.
99:00 - 106:00 Discussed firing employees.
106:00-111:00 Told stories of experiences he had on campus.
111:00-114:00 Continued telling stories.
114:00-118:00 Discussed his retirement.

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Citation

“Interview with Lawrence Martin,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed May 21, 2018, https://oralhistory.eku.edu/items/show/98.

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