Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Florence Ramey, June 12, 1987

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:15 - Early life

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Partial Transcript: Okay, um, well, I tell you what, won't you start out telling me about your family.

Segment Synopsis: Ramey discusses her mother and father and her early life.

Keywords: Allegheny Coal Company; Carpenters; Family; Floods; House fires; Johnson City (Tenn.); Mills; New York; Orville Cure; Pay; Sawmills; Tipples; Uncles

Subjects: Childhood; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Family farms; Fathers; Grandfathers; Lumber; Mothers; Pike County (Ky.); Water

00:07:36 - Education and marriage

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Partial Transcript: So you went--where did you go to school?

Segment Synopsis: Ramey talks of her education and marriage.

Keywords: Army; Boarders; Edgewater Mining Company; Ex-husbands; Grocery stores; Husbands; Moving; Schoolhouses

Subjects: Brothers; Children; Death; Education; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Fathers; Marriage; Mothers; Pike County (Ky.); Twins

00:11:07 - Elkhorn City in the 1910s / Mine work

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Partial Transcript: So what was Elkhorn like in those days?

Segment Synopsis: Ramey describes what Elkhorn City was like during the 1910s. Ramey also talks of her ex-husband's career as a coal miner and the various places they lived.

Keywords: Banks; Boarders; Boarding houses; Camp houses; Clubhouses; Coal camps; Company stores; Edgewater Mining Company; Elswick Hotel, Elkhorn City (Ky.); Ex-husbands; Federal mines; Houses; Husbands; Mines; Mother-in-law; Rough; Wheelwright Mining Company

Subjects: Brothers; Coal miners; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Marriage; People; Pike County (Ky.); Railroad; Work

00:18:47 - Boarding house

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Partial Transcript: Well, tell me about your boarding house.

Segment Synopsis: Ramey explains how she ran the various boarding houses in several coal camps throughout Eastern Kentucky.

Keywords: Boarding houses; Clubhouses; Double shifts; Edgewater Mining Company; Henry Clay mine; Meals; Office workers; Owners; Pay; Superintendents; Wheelwright Coal Company

Subjects: Bedrooms; Children; Cleaning; Coal miners; Cooking; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Food; Furniture; Housekeeping; Pike County (Ky.); Sisters; Snow; West Virginia

00:26:23 - Edgewater flood / Henry Clay mine / Niece

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Partial Transcript: Well, was there a big Flood at Edgewater, like in 1927, or?

Segment Synopsis: Ramey recalls her memories of the Edgewater flood. Additionally, Ramey discusses her life running a boarding house at the Henry Clay mine. Ramey also briefly talks of her niece.

Keywords: Black clouds; Boarders; Boarding houses; Cloud bursts; Clubhouses; Creeks; Edgewater Mining Company; Ex-husbands; Floods; Henry Clay mine; Husbands; Lookout (Ky.); Nieces; Separated; Sisters

Subjects: Cancer; Children; Drowning; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Health; Housekeeper; Pike County (Ky.)

00:31:40 - Edgewater living conditions

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Partial Transcript: Well, what were the conditions like at--for the miners at Edgewater?

Segment Synopsis: Ramey reflects upon the living conditions she encountered at the Edgewater coal camp.

Keywords: Bad; Coal camps; Doctors; Edgewater Mining Company; Hellier (Ky.); Henry Clay mine; Ice cream parlors; Restaurants; Schools; Stores; Unclean

Subjects: Elkhorn City (Ky.); Home; Pike County (Ky.); Work

00:34:07 - Henry Clay strike

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Partial Transcript: But, were you there during the strike?

Segment Synopsis: Ramey shares her experience with the Henry Clay strike, including an encounter with mine security guards at her boarding house. Ramey also talks of an incident involving a coal miner walking to work during the strike.

Keywords: Boarders; Boarding houses; Cousins; Daughters; Ex-husbands; Guns; Henry Clay mine; Husbands; Kidnapping; Lights; Neighbors; Outside toilets; Porches; Security guards; Signals; Striking

Subjects: Brothers; Coal miners; Coal miners--Labor unions.; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Collective bargaining--Coal mining industry; Death; Elkhorn City (Ky.); Kitchens; Pike County (Ky.); Shooting; Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining; United Mine Workers of America; Windows; Work

00:41:00 - Perry Adkins / Lookout, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember when, when Perry Adkins was shot?

Segment Synopsis: Ramey briefly talks of the shooting of Perry Adkins during the Henry Clay mine strike. Ramey also describes her life in Lookout, Kentucky, a mining town in which she ran a boarding house.

Keywords: Avery Hill; Bad; Boarders; Boarding houses; Ex-husbands; Guards; Henry Clay mine; Houses; Husbands; Lookout (Ky.); Nice; Perry Adkins; Shot

Subjects: Children; Chores; Coal miners; Coal miners--Labor unions.; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Collective bargaining--Coal mining industry; Death; National Guard; People; Pike County (Ky.); Rent; Shooting; Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining; Violence; West Virginia