Interview with Jailey Sizemore, July 26th, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Introduction / school / World War I

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Jailey Sizemore for oral history project, Frontier Nursing Service by Dale Deaton at approximately 2:00PM at Thousandsticks, Kentucky on 26 July, 1978.

Segment Synopsis: Jailey Sizemore is introduced. She discusses her school experiences and the effects of World War I on her community.

Keywords: Bull Creek (Ky.); Church buildings; Roads; Schools; Thousandstick Mountain (Ky.); Thousandsticks (Ky.); World War 1; World War I; World War One

Subjects: Education, Elementary; Education--Kentucky; Rural schools--Appalachian Region; World War, 1914-1918

00:04:49 - Hyden, Kentucky in 1920

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Partial Transcript: Well, do you remember what Hyden was like in 1920, what businesses were there, what the town looked like?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore discusses life in Hyden, Kentucky in 1920 including several businesses located in town.

Keywords: Appalachian Region; Banks; Cattle; Community; Courthouses; Cows; Houses; Post offices; Schools; Stock law; Stores; Towns

Subjects: Community life; Hyden (Ky.); Kentucky--Rural conditions.; Livestock--Appalachian region

00:07:53 - Typical farm day / family history

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Partial Transcript: What types of... then how did most people make their living, so to speak? Farming. Could you describe a... a typical farm day in the summertime for me?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore discusses a typical farm day when she was growing up. She also talks about her family history and local churches.

Keywords: Beans; Corn; Farming; Fodder; Growing; Plowing

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Church; Churches--Kentucky; Families.; Family farms; Family--history; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Rural churches; Rural schools--Appalachian Region; Rural schools--Kentucky; Schools; Snake cults (Holiness churches); Subsistence farming

00:11:56 - Frontier Nursing Service / sawmill and social activities

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Partial Transcript: With medical practices, do you remember when the F.N.S. clinic was built here, the one at Bull Creek?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore talks about the Frontier Nursing Service. She describes social activities centered around the local mill such as dances. She also discusses others' opinions of the Frontier Nursing Service.

Keywords: ; Ailments; Bull Creek (Ky.); Community; Dances; Dancing; Diphtheria; Diseases; Doctors; Health; Healthcare; Healthcare services; Help; Home remedies; Hookworm treatments; Illnesses; Immunizations; Mills; Music; Plowing; Remedies; Sawmills; Shots; Social activities; Social life and customs; Traditional medicine

Subjects: Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medical care--Kentucky; Medicine, Rural; Nurses; Nursing; Physicians--Kentucky; Rural health services

00:18:15 - Quilting / first car and radio

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Partial Transcript: Well, could you describe for me some of the quilting patterns that you quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore talks about quilting. She recalls the first car she ever saw as well as the first radio, television, and road in town.

Keywords: Cars; Embroidering; Jeeps; Quilting patterns; Quilts; Radios; Sewing; Transportation; Wagons

Subjects: Quilting--Appalachian Region; Radio; Roads--Kentucky; Rural roads; Television; Thousandsticks (Ky.); Transportation--Kentucky

00:24:37 - Making soap and washing clothes

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Partial Transcript: When people worked in the fields here, did most of 'em use mules?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore discusses how she made soap and how people would heat their homes during the winter.

Keywords: Cattle; Coal heaters; Electricity; Fireplaces; Grease; Home made; Lard; Lye; Mules; Oxen; Plowing; Washing clothes; Work

Subjects: Electric utilities--Kentucky.; Plows; Rural electrification--United States; Soap

00:29:04 - Changes over time / family and home life

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Partial Transcript: Did the people that lived... lived here, say, before World War II, did they travel very much?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore discusses the changes that came with the introduction of electricity. She also talks about who lived in her household and a bit about canning food.

Keywords: Beans; Community; Electricity; Home; Household; Manners and customs; Stores; Television; Towns; Visiting; Work; Worked; Working; World War 2; World War II; World War Two; World War, 1939-1945.

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Canning and preserving; Electric utilities--Kentucky.; Families.; Judges--Kentucky; Rural electrification

00:33:53 - Court Day / government aid

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember going to Court Day in--

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore talks about going to Court Days. She also mentions a famine in the area and whether people received government aid.

Keywords: Agriculture; County judges; Court Day; Crops; Droughts; Farming; Food; Government food; Government relief programs; Horses; Social activities; Social life and customs; Socializing; Towns; Trading; Trials

Subjects: Community life; Drought--Economic aspects; Kentucky--Rural conditions.

00:38:02 - Making whiskey and moonshine

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Partial Transcript: Well, what about law enforcement in Leslie County? Do you remember the sheriff or the deputies coming into this area?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore talks about the process of making whiskey, moonshine, and sulfur apples.

Keywords: Barrels; Corn; Drinks; Food; Law enforcement; Malt; Money; Moonshine; Sulfur apples; Wages; Work; Working

Subjects: Canning and preserving; Distillation; Distilling, Illicit; Food habits--Appalachian Region, Southern; Food--Preservation--Appalachian Region; Hazard (Ky.); Whiskey

00:44:08 - Pickling and canning

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Partial Transcript: And people would have big barrels of pickled beans, sauerkraut, pickled corn.

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore talks about how she canned and preserved vegetables and meat. She also mentions the local grocery store.

Keywords: Barrels; Beans; Brine; Canned food; Corn; Food; Groceries; Pickling; Salted meats; Sauerkraut; Sausages; Skills; Stores

Subjects: Canning and preserving; Food--Preservation--Appalachian Region

00:50:52 - Growing corn, planting, and plowing

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Partial Transcript: What about the countryside? When you were a real young girl, were there as many weeds and all that in here as there are now?

Segment Synopsis: Sizemore discusses an experience she had planting corn when she was growing up. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Corn droppers; Farming; Growing crops; Land; Mules; Osborne Fork (Ky.); Planting; Plowing; Work; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Appalachian Region; Agriculture--Kentucky; Corn; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Subsistence farming