Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Raymond Cox, June 6, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Growing up on the farm

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Partial Transcript: This is Raymond Cox being interviewed by Zack Lewton on 6-6-91.

Segment Synopsis: Cox talks about the farm that he grew up on and the different vegetables and animals that they raised. He talks about the chores that he and his sister did. He talks about his and his sister's education. He talks about getting electricity and running water.

Keywords: Beef; Chores; Corn; Cows; Electricity; Farming; Gardens; Home; Houses; Milking; Pastures; School; Sisters; Teaching; Television; Vegetables; Water spring; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Country life; Families.; Family farms; Rural electrification

00:11:35 - Farmland and strip mining

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Partial Transcript: Was most of this land hillside land or was there bottom?

Segment Synopsis: Cox describes the farmland that he grew up on. He talks about rotating crops, and the electric appliances they had when they first got electricity. He talks about the strip mine convincing his mother to let them mine and how they ruined the land and dried up their spring.

Keywords: Corn; Electricity; Grass; Hillside; Land; Mineral rights; Plows; Rotating land; Strip mining

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Family farms; Farms, small

00:22:04 - Buying land and raising crops and cattle

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Partial Transcript: Okay so when, when did you move after you lived, you know on your parents' place, where did you move next?

Segment Synopsis: Cox talks about buying land, and where he has lived with his wife. He talks about raising crops and a garden. He talks about raising cattle.

Keywords: Calves; Cattle; College; Corn; Cows; Feed; Hay; Land; Marriage; Milking; Moving; Tractors; Wife

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Livestock--Appalachian region

00:34:44 - Cox's family garden

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Partial Transcript: How big's your garden that you have?

Segment Synopsis: Cox talks about the crops that they grow in their garden, and selling and sharing their produce. He talks about his family helping out with the garden, and talks about his daughter's education and 4-H club involvement.

Keywords: 4-H Clubs; Animals; Beans; Canning; Children; College; Crops; Cucumbers; Daughters; Gardens; Selling; Sons; Teaching; Vegetables; Wife

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Family farms; Farms, small; Gardening--Appalachian Region

00:42:23 - Cox's father / helping on the farm

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Partial Transcript: Well anyway, t-tell me some more about you and your father, did he, uh, try to talk you into being a farmer or try to talk you out of it or do you remember anything like that?

Segment Synopsis: Cox talks about his relationship with his father and his father's encouragement in his education. He talks about all the things that his father did and what he did on the farm.

Keywords: Basketball; Cattle; Crops; Education; Farming; Fathers; Feed; Helping; High school; Molasses; Sorghum; Spray; Sugar cane; Working

Subjects: Education, Higher; Families.; Family farms

00:51:58 - Teaching and changes in schools and children

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Partial Transcript: What made you get interested in teaching?

Segment Synopsis: Cox talks about why he decided to teach. He talks about how schools have changed since he started teaching. He talks about how it is more difficult to handle children because of the limits on discipline in schools.

Keywords: Basketball; Behavioral problems; Changes; Children; Coaching; College; Fathers; Health; Mothers; Parents; Physical education; Sports

Subjects: Education, Higher; School discipline; Teachers; Teaching

01:01:21 - Raising children / growing fruit trees

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Partial Transcript: Well how's that changed like now that you're raising your kids, how've you tried to raise your kids as far as, you know.

Segment Synopsis: Cox talks about raising his children and how it's different from how he was raised. He talks about what they do to help out and how he feels about raising children in the country. He talks about starting to grow fruit trees and the possibilities for that in the future.

Keywords: Apples; Children; Church; Daughters; Fruit trees; Hillside; Money; Mowing; Parents; Pasture; Peaches; Planting; Raising children; Sons; Walnuts; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Country life; Families.; Family farms; Parenting

01:10:44 - Future possibilities for property / problems with teaching / church

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Partial Transcript: What do you think you'll do, do you think, have you thought about any what happens to this place when you get old, or?

Segment Synopsis: Cox discusses what he will do with his land when he can't keep farming anymore. He talks about why he doesn't want his children to teach. He talks about his involvement in the church over his lifetime.

Keywords: Children; Church; Discipline; Land; Strip mining; Teachers; Walking; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Economic aspects; Agriculture--Kentucky; Family farms; Religion; Teaching