Maxine Wiley

Title

Maxine Wiley

Subject

Whiskey industry--Kentucky
Whiskey
Lee, Elmer T., 1919-
Blanton, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1881-1959
Women in the whiskey industry
Whiskey--Anecdotes
Distilleries--Kentucky
Distillers.
Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Bourbon whiskey

Description

Maxine Wiley grew up on a farm in Woodford County, Kentucky. After fifty-four years, she retired from her position as a secretary at the former Ancient Age Distillery, now the Buffalo Trace Distillery. In this interview, Wiley describes her childhood on the farm and explains how she began working as a secretary at the distillery. She describes what it was like working there in the 1950s and 1960s. Wiley explains the nature of the work she did and talks about the bosses she had over the years, mentioning Colonel Blanton and Elmer Lee. She also shares anecdotes from the distillery and explains how the work culture and environment have changed over time. Wiley talks about the distillery's changes in ownership and describes the impact of these changes. In addition, she tells the interviewer how she would like to be remembered at the distillery.

Format

video

Identifier

2010OH058BIK015

Interviewer

Thomas Troland

Interviewee

Maxine Wiley

Interview Keyword

Family farms
Traditional farming
Woodford County (Ky.)
Childhood
Farm life
Women--Employment.
Work environment

Sort Priority

0005

Files

Wiley.PNG


Citation

“Maxine Wiley,” Buffalo Trace Distillery Oral History Project, accessed August 18, 2019, https://nunncenter.net/buffalotrace/items/show/10.