Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Malta Watson, September 12, 1988

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Family and childhood in Auxier, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Um, Miss Watson, tell me your whole name please.

Segment Synopsis: Watson's parents were from Nippa, Kentucky. She talks about her grandfathers. She remembers Auxier, Kentucky when she was young. She talks about her brothers and sisters, and getting electricity. She reflects on how children have changed over the years.

Keywords: Brothers; Changes; Children; Doctors; Electricity; Farms; Fathers; Grandparents; Houses; Memories; Mothers; Moving; Parents; Playing; Schools; Sisters

Subjects: Appalachian Region; Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social conditions; Childhood; Families.

00:10:18 - Drinking, Christmas, and poverty in the mining camp

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Partial Transcript: When, uh, you were growing up here did the girls kind of--I'm thinking of teenagers, did the girls kind of keep together and the boys kept together--

Segment Synopsis: Watson talks about drinking and smoking in the community. She explains that there wasn't any drinking and smoking going on among the youth, but there were quite a few men who drank. She talks about celebrating Christmas. She talks about the poorer families in Auxier, and talks about the roads and transportation.

Keywords: Boys; Drinking; Fathers; Girls; Men; Methodist church; Poverty; Roads; Smoking; Stockings; Toys; Transportation; Wages; Women; Working

Subjects: Appalachian Region; Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social life and customs.; Christmas--Appalachian Region; Country life; Mining camps.

00:20:27 - Class relations / parents' worries

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Partial Transcript: Um, tell me--we were talking about classes of people in the town. So there were some bigger families that just didn't make enough to, to have as--

Segment Synopsis: Watson talks about the upper class and lower class relations. She talks about her parents' worries.

Keywords: Baseball; Children; Fathers; Friendships; Lower class; Managers; Middle class; Mine officials; Mothers; Parents; School houses; Schools; Social classes; Upper class; Women; Worrying

Subjects: Appalachian Region; Appalachian Region--Economic conditions; Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social conditions; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Auxier; Families.

00:28:50 - Mine accidents / husband's death and remarrying

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember him being in any accidents?

Segment Synopsis: Watson talks about the regular occurrence of mine accidents. She talks about her first husband's death and meeting and marrying her last husband. She remembers a time when she was going to be whipped in school but spanked the teacher instead.

Keywords: Death; Husbands; Marriage; Mine explosions; Mining accidents; Moving; Relationships; Remarriage; Schools; Step-families; Teachers; Trains; Working

Subjects: Appalachian Region; Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Anecdotes.; Coal mine accidents; Families.; Married life