Interview with Martha Johnson, August 20, 1986

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:20 - Husband working in the mines

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Partial Transcript: Well he went to work there when he was 15 years old.

Segment Synopsis: Martha Johnson talks about the various mines where her husband worked. She talks about seeing her husband covered in coal dust for the first time.

Keywords: Employment; Work conditions; Working on the railroad

Subjects: Appalachian region; Coal miners; Mining accidents

00:04:36 - After getting married / childhood

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Partial Transcript: Lived right up there where that graveyard is.

Segment Synopsis: Johnson talks about life before and after she was married, and the various foods they raised.

Keywords: Buckhorn Mountain; Christmas time; Hollers; Life; Living off the land; Living situation; Making molasses; Molasses Stir-off; Moonshine; Moving about; Raising cane

Subjects: Canning and preserving; Discipline; Family life; Gardening; Plowing

00:16:11 - Quilting making / pranking her grandmother

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Partial Transcript: What other kinds of things would, would people help each other do like that?

Segment Synopsis: Martha Johnson talks about sewing and making quilts. She also talks about pranking her grandmother who she did not get along with.

Keywords: Making a quilt; Pranks; Spinning yarn; Storytelling

Subjects: Canning and preserving; Ether; Grandmothers; Quilting; Sewing

00:21:45 - Killing a cat / living off own produce and farming / homemade medicine / housing

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Partial Transcript: ...come back in and get on the table. I said I bet you a...

Segment Synopsis: Martha Johnson talks about living off the land, medicine, and her father's death.

Keywords: Animal skins; Log houses; Medicines; Prices; Produce; Wild meat

Subjects: Bears; Berries; Farm produce; Farming; Home remedies; Hunting; Medical care; Taxidermy

00:30:14 - Housing / neighbors / courting / household chores

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Partial Transcript: No, I never did...

Segment Synopsis: Martha Johnson mentions where she lived, how she met her husband, and life in general.

Keywords: "Life Every Lasting", smoking; Burning wood; Community; Lye soap; Meeting her husband; Playing and toys; Residents; Scared of Blacks; Wash board

Subjects: Courting; Housing; Laundry; Smoking