Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Bertha B. Kretzer, November 6, 1988

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Kretzer's parents / childhood memories

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me your whole name?

Segment Synopsis: Kretzer talks about her father's death and her mother's remarriage. She starts reading what she had written about her memories of her father's sickness and death and her childhood on the farm and helping in the boarding house. She recalls how she didn't know much about the menstrual cycle and the facts of life.

Keywords: Boardinghouses; Children; Death; Divorce; Fathers; Laundry; Mothers; Reading; Sex; Sex education; Stepfathers; Washing dishes; Woman's cycle; Working

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

00:13:03 - Marriage, children, and abuse / more on family history and childhood memories

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Partial Transcript: So in 1924, I married--me and--

Segment Synopsis: Kretzer continues her reading and recalls marrying her husband and having children. She talks about his verbal and physical abuse. She discusses what more she could write about if she wanted to. She tells a story that her mother told her about her grandmother coming through Van Lear before it was settled and the Native Americans who lived there. She tells a story about a swarm of locusts that was so loud it drowned out the cow bells.

Keywords: Abuse; American Indians; Babies; Children; Cows; Drinking; Farms; Grandmothers; Great-grandmothers; Husbands; Locusts; Marriage; Native Americans; Stories; Writing

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