Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Hazel Couch, June 14, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Childhood on the farm

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Partial Transcript: This is Elizabeth Albert, on June 14th.

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about growing up on the farm. She talks about her family and visiting her grandparents.

Keywords: Ancestry; Animals; Brothers; Children; Coal trucks; Family; Fathers; Food; Fun; Gardening; Gardens; Grandparents; Growing up; Kids; Mothers; Parents; Siblings; Sisters; Virginia; Visiting; Walking; Work

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Families.; Family farms; Livestock--Appalachian region

00:08:29 - Living in the coal camp / grandchildren and great-grandchildren

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Partial Transcript: What was that house like?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about growing up and going to school in a coal camp. She talks about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Keywords: Animals; Chores; Cities; Coal mining camps; Cooking; Gardens; Grandchildren; Great-grandchildren; Heating; Houses; Moving; Schools; Towns; Water

Subjects: Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Country life; Education; Families.; Gardening--Appalachian Region

00:18:13 - Moving around

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Partial Transcript: How old were you when your dad was killed?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about her life after her father died. She talks about her mother working. She talks about people who don't want to work and instead rely on food stamps.

Keywords: Attitudes; Coal mining camps; Fathers; Food stamps; Mothers; Moving; Parents; Working

Subjects: Country life; Families.

00:29:03 - Chores on the farm / crafting

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Partial Transcript: When you and your brothers and sisters would have to do all these chores and all that, do you remember, was it, was it hard to--for your mom to get you to do all that or how did you--

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about the chores that she did on the farm. She also talks about all the crafting that she does.

Keywords: Animals; Caning; Cattle; Chores; Coal; Crafts; Discipline; Fishing; Learning; Milking; Quilting; Rain; Spanking; Upholstery

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Craft projects; Families.; Family farms; Livestock--Appalachian region

00:46:05 - Couch's husband and his work / moving and keeping animals

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Partial Transcript: Now after you lived at Crank's Creek, where did you move after that?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about meeting her husband and where he worked. She talks about the places where they lived and how they kept animals when they moved. She talks about running the grocery store.

Keywords: Adoption; Animals; Buying land; Farming; Gardens; Horses; Lumber; Marriage; Moving; Renting; Sawmills; Timber; Working

Subjects: Country life; Families.; Housing; Logging

01:02:48 - Raising children

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about, um, the way you were raised when you were little and the way kids are raised now or even the way you, you raised your daughter, how are they different?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about raising her daughter. She talks about what her siblings have gone on to do. She talks about her great-grandchild.

Keywords: Brothers; Children; Differences; Farming; Grandchildren; Great-grandchildren; Siblings; Sisters

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Families.; Parenting

01:06:49 - Perspective on farming and working outside

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Partial Transcript: What would you say to one of your great-grandchildren or any, any younger person today if they wanted to get into farming? Would you recommend it or what do you think about that in these times?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about what she would tell younger generations about farming. She talks about raising her own garden.

Keywords: Farming; Gardens; Pesticides; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Family farms; Gardening--Appalachian Region

01:13:09 - Getting electricity / growing food organically / effect of the coal mines on health

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Partial Transcript: Can you remember where--either what time it was or what house you were living in when you first got electricity and what was the first thing that you bought or that your family got when you--

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about having electricity and preserving food without electricity. She talks about how she thinks people should grow their own food to be healthier. She talks about the effect that the coal mines have had on the town.

Keywords: Canning; Coal mines; Coal trucks; Electricity; Health; Pesticides; Preserving food; Refrigerators; Visiting; Young people; Younger generations

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Country life; Organic farming--Kentucky

01:23:14 - Healthcare in Couch's childhood / trees and flowers

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Partial Transcript: Now when, when you were younger, what do you remember about health problems, and when people got sick, how--what did they do? Was there a doctor nearby?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about healthcare in the coal camps. She talks about why she thinks people were healthier when she was growing up.

Keywords: Doctors; Flowers; Health; Sickness; Trees

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Family medicine; Health

01:26:43 - Church and community

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Partial Transcript: Would you like to get out and walk around?

Segment Synopsis: Couch talks about what denomination she identifies with, and the church she went to when she was growing up. She talks about the socializing when she was growing up

Keywords: Baptist churches; Community; Cousins; Crafts; Fairs; Family reunions; Socializing

Subjects: Churches--Kentucky; Country life; Kentucky--Religion