Interview with Blaine Fraley, September 9, 1988

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Fraley's parents / coal mine founders and John C. C. Mayo

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Partial Transcript: Where is -----------(??).

Segment Synopsis: Fraley talks about where he was born, his parents, and his grandfather. He talks about the founders of the coal companies and about John C. C. Mayo. He recalls seeing Mayo when he was buying the land for the coal mine. He talks about a steamboat that Mayo's father-in-law owned, and recalls riding timber rafts with his father.

Keywords: Auxier (Ky.); Civil War; Coal camps; Coal companies; Fathers; Grandfathers; John C. C. Mayo; John Caldwell Calhoun Mayo; Mothers; Ohio; Parents; Steamboats; Surveying; Timber rafts

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

00:16:43 - Working in the mines and opinions on the union / Auxier compared to other coal camps

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Partial Transcript: Um, can you tell me how you met your wife, and, and, uh, about her family?

Segment Synopsis: Fraley talks about meeting and marrying his wife, and her father's work. He talks about working in the coal mines and getting injured. He has positive opinions about the union and says he wouldn't work if there wasn't a union. He talks about Auxier being a good place to live. His son [name unknown] says that the Secretary of Labor at the time of the interview was from Auxier and his family worked as coal miners.

Keywords: Auxier (Ky.); Coal camps; Marriage; Northeast Coal Company; United Mine Workers; Wages; Wife

Subjects: Appalachian Region; Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social conditions; Coal miners--Kentucky--Auxier; Coal miners--Labor unions--Kentucky; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky--Auxier; Mining camps.

00:25:17 - African Americans and foreigners in coal camps / boarding and commuting to work / Fraley's wife and children

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Partial Transcript: Um, were there any sections of town here in Auxier where the, uh, where blacks would live or immigrants? Do you know of any foreigners who ever lived here?

Segment Synopsis: Fraley explains that there were no African Americans or foreigners who lived in Auxier when the mines were operating. He talks about living in a boardinghouse because of living too far away to commute, and walking to work. He talks about the community of Auxier. He talks about growing up on the farm and raising his children.

Keywords: Boardinghouses; Children; Coal camps; Commuting; Farm; Foreigners; Marriage; Schools; Working

Subjects: African American coal miners; Appalachian Region; Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social conditions; Mining camps.