Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Droxie Hopson, July 19, 1988

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Family, sickness, and life in the coal camp

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Partial Transcript: Okay, I think I can be heard pretty well.

Segment Synopsis: Hopson talks about her father's work, and moving to Auxier after getting married. She talks about having rheumatic fever and hiring a woman to help around the house while she was sick. She talks about Christmas in the coal camp, and her husband getting laid off from the mines.

Keywords: Ancestors; Auxier (Ky.); Children; Coal miners; Company houses; Farms; Husband; Moving; Parents; Rent; Rheumatic fever; Sickness

Subjects: Appalachian Region; Appalachians (People); Christmas--Appalachian Region; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Auxier; Married life

00:10:26 - More on life in the coal camp / school and education / husband's work

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Partial Transcript: What did, uh, you all do when, uh, you--what did the young wives do here in Auxier?

Segment Synopsis: Hopson talks about keeping busy around the house, and washing her husband's clothes. She talks about her mother's sickness. She talks about living in a coal camp. She talks about having to quit school early and getting her GED. She talks about her husband being a mine foreman, and his former wife getting the flu.

Keywords: Brothers; Children; Death; Family; Husband; Laundry; Mothers; Plumbing; School; Sickness; Sisters; Teachers; United Mine Workers; Washing; Women

Subjects: Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social life and customs.; Coal miners--Kentucky--Auxier; Education--Appalachian Region; United Mine Workers of America; Women--Appalachian Region