Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Edith Shaw,

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Life in Cutshin, Kentucky--Religion

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Partial Transcript: --founding of Cutshin Bible Mission on Cutshin Creek in Yeaddiss, Kentucky. The interview is done by Ted Lewis.

Segment Synopsis: Edith Shaw talks about her decision to come to Leslie County, Kentucky in 1936 as a missionary. She talks about the missionaries' housing, and where church services were held. She talks about the reactions of the local people.

[Throughout this segment the interviewee reads from a prepared document.]

Keywords: Acceptance; Cutshin Creek (Ky.); Fires; Henry Day; Homes; Local people; Local preachers; Log cabins; Mary Mills; New York; Opposition; Sunday schools; Welcome

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Church history; Christianity.; Churches--Kentucky; Cutshin (Ky.); Leslie County (Ky.); Missionaries; Religion; Rural churches

GPS: Cutshin (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.088889, -83.255
00:03:18 - Life in Cutshin, Kentucky--Transportation and stores

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Partial Transcript: How did you travel from place to place?

Segment Synopsis: Shaw talks about the type of transportation that was available in the area, and discusses how long it took to travel to various towns. She says there was one store in the area.

[Throughout this segment the interviewee reads from a prepared document.]

Keywords: Automobiles; Cars; Dewey Lewis; Highways; Mail; Post offices; Reactions; Trucks; Walking

Subjects: Country life; Cutshin (Ky.); General stores; Horses--Transportation; Hyden (Ky.); Rural conditions; Rural roads; Transportation--Kentucky

GPS: Hyden (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.163333, -83.375
00:05:11 - Life in Cutshin, Kentucky--Crime and politics

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Partial Transcript: How about law and order?

Segment Synopsis: Shaw talks about law and order in the area. She talks about election day.

[Throughout this segment the interviewee reads from a prepared document.]

Keywords: Election day; Moonshine; Shootings; Violence

Subjects: Cutshin (Ky.); Leslie County (Ky.)--Politics and government; Rural crimes--Kentucky

GPS: Cutshin (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.088889, -83.255
00:05:59 - Life in Cutshin, Kentucky--Day-to-day activities

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Partial Transcript: How did the people provide for their everyday needs?

Segment Synopsis: Shaw talks about people raising their own food due to the isolation of the area. She talks about what the people did for entertainment, and their educational opportunities.

[Throughout this segment the interviewee reads from a prepared document.]

Keywords: Acceptance; Books; Chickens; Cows; Electricity; Entertainment; Gardens; Hogs; Isolation; Oil lamps; One-room schools; Outsiders; Quilting; Raising animals; Reading; Rural roads; Stories; Whittling; Working

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Country life; Cutshin (Ky.); Education--Kentucky; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Food habits--Appalachian Region, Southern; Rural conditions; Rural electrification--Kentucky; Rural schools--Kentucky; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming--Kentucky

GPS: Cutshin (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.088889, -83.255
00:08:23 - Life in Cutshin, Kentucky--Religion and medical care

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Partial Transcript: What about medical work in the area?

Segment Synopsis: Shaw talks about the medical care that was available in the area when she first arrived, and how the missionaries improved the availability of medical care. She talks about the establishment of the Cutshin Bible Church and other churches. The interview is concluded.

[Throughout this segment the interviewee reads from a prepared document.]

Keywords: "Granny women"; Coon Creek (Ky.); Cutshin Bible Church; Cutshin Bible Mission; Cutshin Clinic; Doc Baker; Home remedies; Leadership; Local people; Solid Rock Bible Church; Sunday schools

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Church history; Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Churches--Kentucky; Cutshin (Ky.); Medical care--Appalachian Region; Missionaries; Religion; Rural churches; Rural health services; Traditional medicine

GPS: Cutshin (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.088889, -83.255