Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Dora Robertson, July 7, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:46 - Early family history

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Partial Transcript: Uh, where did you live when you were a girl?

Segment Synopsis: Dora talks about where she was from and life as a little girl. She also talks about her family.

Keywords: Clay County (Ky.); Father; Mother; Sexton Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Families.; Family--history

00:02:40 - Food and work

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Partial Transcript: Did you raise about every--all your food?

Segment Synopsis: How the family got their food and how they got the money for what they didn't grow is discussed in the segment. Dora describes what foods were canned. She talks about gender roles in her family.

Keywords: Baking Powder; Flour; Tobacco; apples; beans; berries; income; money

Subjects: Canning and preserving--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Country life--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Subsistence farming

00:12:11 - Working for other people

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Partial Transcript: Well what kind of work could you get, say, when you were working on other peoples' farms?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment all the different types of jobs that could be done for someone else are talked about.

Keywords: Tobacco; Work; corn; farms; stripping

Subjects: Agriculture--Appalachian Region; Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Farm life--Appalachian Region

00:15:49 - Life after marriage

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Partial Transcript: After you got married and had kids how do you think your life was different from, say, your mother's life?

Segment Synopsis: The difference in Dora's life and her mother's life after she got married are discussed.

Keywords: Class differences; Era Differences; Marriage; Mother; money

Subjects: Country life--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Housewives; Mothers.; Teges Creek (Ky.)

00:25:43 - Fun as a little girl

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Partial Transcript: Then what would you do in the evening? What would you do before you went to bed?

Segment Synopsis: Dora talks about what they did after work and all the things they did to have fun.

Keywords: Fun; Hoophide; Recreation; downtime

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Country life--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Games

00:28:21 - Social life

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Partial Transcript: Where all would you go? Would you ever go anywhere?

Segment Synopsis: This segment discusses the places where Dora's family went, including church and dances. Dora talks about courting in Teges when she was young.

Keywords: Bible School; Church; Sunday School

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Country life--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Manners and customs--Teges Creek (Ky.)

00:31:04 - Canning / soap / washing clothes

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Partial Transcript: What was different, say between the winter and the summer in what you ate?

Segment Synopsis: Dora talks about eating canned foods in the winter. She describes how apples were smoked, making soap, and laundering clothes. She talks about changes in washing machines over time.

Keywords: canning; food; gardens; iron; laundry; lye; preservation; ringer washer; smoked apples; winter

Subjects: Canning and preserving--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Food--Preservation--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Laundry

00:39:13 - Stove / grandparents

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Partial Transcript: What about, well what about your stove?

Segment Synopsis: Dora talks about using a wood stove when she was a girl. She talks about her grandparents and her memories of her grandmother. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: gas stoves; grandmothers

Subjects: Cooking.; Grandparents.; Teges Creek (Ky.)