Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Denise Lawson, July 17, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Growing up, moving, education, and family

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Denise Lawson on July 17th, 1991, and the interviewer is Elizabeth Albert.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about her childhood, moving around, and going to school. She talks about working, and how she met her ex-husband and her current husband. She also talks about the apple orchard.

Keywords: Background; Baltimore (Md.); Brothers; College; Daughters; Divorce; Farming; Gardens; Growing up; High school; Houses; Husbands; Knoxville (Tenn.); Marriage; Moving; Orchards; Parents; Raising children; Responsibility; Siblings; Suburban; Working

Subjects: Education; Families.

00:11:17 - Differences in child rearing--Part I

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Partial Transcript: Well, one thing that we're really interested in this project, um, is child raising.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about her home life growing up. She talks about growing up with older step-brothers and her relationship with them. She discusses the differences between her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee and Harlan, Kentucky where she lives at the time of the interview.

Keywords: Brothers; Childhood; Christianity; Community; Differences; Family; Fathers; Harlan (Ky.); Knoxville (Tenn.); Mothers; Moving; Parents; Raising children; Relationships; Schools; Siblings; Step-family

Subjects: Education; Families.; Parenting

00:19:59 - Differences in child rearing--Part II

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Partial Transcript: What do you remember about, um, your parents? Um, did they ever talk to you about your future about what they thought you might want to do or, did you ever talk to them about what you hoped to do when you grew up?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson discusses her education and her parents' role in her education. She talks about her own role in her children's education and having to work when they were young. She talks about her family helping take care of her daughters when she had to work. She discusses the differences in how she raises her daughters and how her mother raised her.

Keywords: Brothers; College; Grades; Parents; Raising children; Schools; Siblings

Subjects: Education, Higher; Families.; Parenting

00:32:34 - Starting an orchard

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Partial Transcript: Well tell me a little bit now about, about the orchard business.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about starting the apple orchard, the land that it's on, and the farming equipment that they use.

Keywords: Apple orchards; Apple trees; Blackberries; Farm machinery; Fathers; Husband; Land; Planting; Produce; Raspberries; Tractors; University of Kentucky; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Apples.; Family farms; Farm equipment

00:47:46 - Involving children on the farm and around the house

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Partial Transcript: Um-hm. Do you think that's, um, I mean it really sounds like a family farm the way you're all really involved in it and everything and, that's something that's pretty rare these days.

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about her children being involved in the apple orchard. She describes the chores she gives her children, and her husband's role in their lives.

Keywords: Apple trees; Chores; Church; Farming; Houses; Husband; Raising children; Step-family

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Apples; Families.; Family farms; Parenting

00:58:00 - Future possibilities

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Partial Transcript: What about--you mentioned in the future, um, either building a house, or?

Segment Synopsis: Lawson talks about wanting to move and the possibilities of buying, renting, or building a house. She talks about wanting to farm full time and discusses what it would take for them to be able to do that.

Keywords: Apple trees; Building houses; Farming; Moving

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Family farms; Farms, small; Housing; Orchards.