Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Tempie Young, August 29, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Childhood work

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Tempie Young for the oral history project Frontier Nursing Service by Linda Green at approximately 2 o'clock at Owl's Nest, Kentucky on 29 August, 1978.

Segment Synopsis: Tempie Young talks about growing up on Cutshin Creek in Leslie County, Kentucky. She talks about working on the family farm from a young age.

Keywords: Animals; Cutshin Creek (Ky.); Working

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Leslie County (Ky.); Rural children; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming

GPS: Cutshin Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.2195372, -83.374904
00:03:31 - Going to school

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Partial Transcript: And I started going to school I guess about--then the law wasn't for any, anybody to go to school until they was seven years old.

Segment Synopsis: Young talks about beginning school when she was eight due to the long distance she had to walk each day to school. She talks about the schoolhouse and the types of games the children would play at recess. She says the school year ended at Christmas.

Keywords: Christmas; Distance; Flackey Creek (Ky.); Games; Playing; Recess; School year; Schoolhouses; Walking; Winter

Subjects: Childhood; Education--Kentucky; Rural children; Rural conditions; Rural schools--Kentucky

GPS: Flackey Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.176152, -83.334492
00:10:03 - More on childhood work

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Partial Transcript: But anyway, they wouldn't start till everybody got their crops made.

Segment Synopsis: Young talks more about her work on the family farm as a child, which often kept her from attending school. She talks about preserving food, and working with tobacco and cotton.

Keywords: Cotton gins; Cotton seeds; Drying food; Quilts; Tobacco; Working

Subjects: Canning and preserving; Childhood; Country life; Families.; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Food--Preservation--Appalachian Region; Rural children; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming

00:15:30 - Father's work

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Partial Transcript: And he was a old Baptist preacher. He was, he was a Baptist minister.

Segment Synopsis: Young talks about her father's work as a Baptist preacher, and says her family attended church every Sunday. She talks about growing food but having little money to spend. She talks about her father's work as a stonemason.

Keywords: Baptists; Basements; Bible; Education; Fathers; Flackey Creek (Ky.); Food; Jobs; Meals; Money; Preachers; Schoolhouses; Siblings; Stonemasons; Sundays; Wells; Working

Subjects: Churches--Kentucky; Country life; Families.; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Occupations.; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming

GPS: Flackey Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.176152, -83.334492
00:22:31 - Grandmother

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Partial Transcript: Could you describe a little bit about your mother and what she did around--

Segment Synopsis: Young says her mother and grandmother moved to Cutshin from Norton, Virginia. She talks about her grandmother's work as a midwife in Virginia and Leslie County, Kentucky. She talks about her father helping her grandmother and other elderly people in the area.

Keywords: Cutshin Creek (Ky.); Doctors; Elderly; Fathers; Grandmothers; Helping; Leslie County (Ky.); Married; Mothers; Norton (Va.)

Subjects: Childbirth; Country life; Families.; Maternal health services.; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Midwifery--Appalachian Region; Midwives--Appalachian Region; Rural conditions

GPS: Norton (Va.)
Map Coordinates: 36.936667, -82.625
00:29:05 - Influenza epidemic

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Partial Transcript: Who took care of the chores around the house?

Segment Synopsis: Young talks about her father helping with chores when other family members were ill. She talks about the influenza epidemic that struck the area and killed many of their neighbors, and talks about being treated by the local doctor.

Keywords: Children; Chores; Death; Doctors; Fathers; Medicine; Mothers

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Education--Kentucky; Families.; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medical care--Kentucky; Medicine, Rural; Physicians--Kentucky; Rural health services; Rural health--Kentucky

00:32:26 - Household discipline / quitting school

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Partial Transcript: Who took care of the discipline in the house, your father or your mother?

Segment Synopsis: Young tells the story of the one time she was whipped by her father. She talks about why she quit school, and says she wishes she could have continued.

[An interruption in taping occurs during this segment.]

Keywords: Brothers; Corporal punishment; Fathers; High school; Mothers; Quitting school; Sleds; Trouble; Whippings; Working

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Discipline of children; Education--Kentucky; Families.; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Rural children

00:37:32 - Relationship with her future husband

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Partial Transcript: Now you married at sixteen--

Segment Synopsis: Young talks about meeting her future husband when they were children, and tells the story of how they began courting. She talks about where they went while dating, and talks about their wedding. She talks about the one time she tried whiskey.

[An interruption in taping occurs during this segment.]

Keywords: Alcohol; Army; Brothers; Church; Coal camps; Courting; Dan Young; Dancing; Dating; Dinners; Husbands; Married; Neighbors; Perry County (Ky.); Relationships; Trouble; Weddings; Whiskey; Working

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Families.; Marriage; Rural children

GPS: Perry County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.24, -83.23
00:49:14 - Life in a coal camp

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Partial Transcript: Now after you were married did you first live in the coal camp?

Segment Synopsis: Young talks about living in a coal camp in Perry County, Kentucky after marrying her husband. She talks about buying goods from the commissary, being paid by the other wives to make quilts, and women's lives in the camps. The interview concludes abruptly.

Keywords: Children; Cleaning; Coal camps; Commissary; Dirty; Doctors; Electricity; Food; Groceries; Houses; Quilting; Scrip; Stores; Wages; Water; Wives

Subjects: Coal miners' spouses; Coal miners--Kentucky--Perry County; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Perry County; Company towns; Families.; Perry County (Ky.)

GPS: Perry County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.24, -83.23