Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Mae W. Roberts, Malcolm Roberts, July 14, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Changes in the Teges community over the years

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Partial Transcript: I'm talking to Mae and Malcolm Roberts and we're going to talk about the history of this community, how it's changed over the years.

Segment Synopsis: Malcolm discusses how life in the Teges Community has changed since he was a boy. Discusses past work, technology changes, and religious changes.

Keywords: 74 years old; Children Activities; Church; Community; Family Life; Minister; Teacher; Technology; Television; Work; Worship

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

00:04:10 - The way church life in Teges has changed

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, like the, the percent of people in the community that are active in the church has changed? Or not?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses how the church traditions and functions have changed over the years in the community. Mentions how technology is altering the way people see church.

Keywords: Bible School; Church; Dinner on the Ground; Fellowship; Social Event; Technology; Television; Worship

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Church history; Appalachian Region--Religion; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs

00:06:36 - Personal work life, farming, and education

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Partial Transcript: Malcolm, you said that when you were growing up you all would work when you got home from school. What kinds of things would you have to do?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses having to work as a child, family farming and family businesses, and education. Christmas traditions are also discussed.

Keywords: Apple Orchard; Beans; Christmas Apples; Cooking; Corn Field; Country Store; Farm; Field; School; Supermarkets; Work

Subjects: Chores; Family farms; Rural children

00:11:57 - Family farming

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Partial Transcript: Malcolm, do you remember if you all, say when your daddy was farming, if you would raise anything to sell or was it just for your own family?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses how the family would farm and for what purposes.

Keywords: Annual Convention; Church; Corn; Horseback; Oats

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Country life--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Family farms; Subsistence farming

00:13:54 - Annual church conventions / Road Run Church of Christ

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Partial Transcript: What kind of things would they do at those conventions?

Segment Synopsis: Remembers the old Annual Church Conventions and how the use of automobiles has altered the convention. Discusses the Road Run Church of Christ and its history.

Keywords: Annual Meetings; Circuit Preachers; Clay County (Ky.); Dinner on the Ground; Fellowship; Jackson County (Ky.); Laurel County (Ky.); Preaching; Road Run Church of Christ; Road Run Gap (Ky.); Sexton Creek (Ky.); Singing; Teges Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Church history; Appalachian Region--Religion

00:18:10 - Stores / post offices / school

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Partial Transcript: You said that your daddy had a store? Where was that?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses the family owned company stores in the Teges area and surrounding areas and what was sold there. Discusses nearby post office history.

Keywords: Berea( Ky.); Community Showers; Company Store; Corporate Paternalism; Horseback; Livingston (Ky.); Manchester (Ky.); Mouth of Teges; Owsley County (Ky.); Post Master; Post Office; Rockcastle County (Ky.); School; Sourwood Mountain; WPA road

Subjects: Company stores; Education; General stores; Teges Creek (Ky.); United States Postal Service

00:28:06 - First white settlers / grandparents / logging

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Partial Transcript: Did you--do you know any stories about the, about the first white settlers in here? When they came in or who they were? Did you ever hear anything about it?

Segment Synopsis: Mentions stories of first white settlers in the area. Examines life of their grandparents and the logging business and traditions held in the community.

Keywords: Beattyville (Ky.); Cholera; Disease; Farming; Hotel; Logging; Logwoods; Rafting; Restaurant; River Pollution; Road Run; Sawmills; Settlers; Sorghum Molasses

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Family--history; Genealogy--Appalachian Region; Logging--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Manners and customs--Teges Creek (Ky.); Teges Creek (Ky.)

00:37:20 - Farming and bartering within the community

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Partial Transcript: What kinds of--you said you would raise most of what you ate, so what kind of things would you have to have cash for, though, so that you have to get out and get a little actual money?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses the impact of the Great Depression on the community and how families would trade and barter for goods or extra cash.

Keywords: Bartering; Farming; Molasses Making; Peddlers; Poverty; Supermarkets; The Great Depression

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Economic conditions; Country life--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Teges Creek (Ky.)

00:45:30 - Healthcare / funerals

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Partial Transcript: Used to, when, when someone got, got sick in the community, there wasn't any hospital around.

Segment Synopsis: Mentions how doctors used to make in-home visits and how funerals and burial procedures have changed over time. Discusses the effect of the War and The Great Depression/New Deal on life.

Keywords: Doctors; Funerals and Burial Procedures; Healthcare; Inflation; The Great Depression; The New Deal; World War II

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Funeral rites and ceremonies--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Manners and customs--Teges Creek (Ky.)

00:48:51 - New roads / industrialization and women

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Partial Transcript: Anytime that you make a road through a country it changes things, when you make a good road.

Segment Synopsis: Discusses the shift in the work force during World War II and the impact on children. Notes the industrial and cultural changes during the War.

Keywords: Children; Cincinnati (Ohio); Factory Work; Industrialization; Migration; The Great Depression; Women Working Out of Home; World War II

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Economic conditions; Roads--Design and construction--Kentucky--Teges Creek; Rural-urban migration--Kentucky--Teges Creek

00:53:18 - Education

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Partial Transcript: I was going to ask you too about how you thought schools had changed. How long were you a teacher?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses how schooling has changed and where they attended school.

Keywords: Berea College; Education; WPA Program; Works Progress Administration

Subjects: Education, Higher; Education--Appalachian Region; Teges Creek (Ky.)

00:58:39 - Family dynamic changes

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Partial Transcript: Well, let's talk a little bit more about how things have changed. You've talked a little bit about how the family ties don't seem as tight as they used to be.

Segment Synopsis: Discusses how the role of women in the work place changed and also how families have seemed to get less close-knit.

Keywords: Cultural Shifts; Family Dynamics; Gender Roles; Sex Differences; Women Working Out of Home

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

01:01:15 - Technology changes / neighbor and community relations

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Partial Transcript: When did people in here start getting, like, refrigerators and washing machines and sewing machines and so on?

Segment Synopsis: Mentions all of the old social activities that went on in the community and how they are now almost non-existent.

Keywords: Barn Raising; Changes in Technology; County Fairs; Gossip; Grand Ole Opry; Quilting Bees; Radio; Rural Electricity; School Fairs; Urbanization

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

01:10:35 - The naming of Teges

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever hear why this is called Teges?

Segment Synopsis: Claims that Teges got its name from the nickname of a man called Adoniram "Tedious" Allen. "Tedious" somehow turned into "Teges". Interview is concluded.

Keywords: Adoniram Allen; Folklore; Newfound Creek (Ky.); Revolutionary War; namesakes

Subjects: Teges Creek (Ky.)