Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Grace Clark, July 16, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Clark's family

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Grace Clark on July 16th, 1991, and the interviewer is Elizabeth Albert.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about where she lived growing up. She talks about her father's death. She talks about her brothers and sisters.

Keywords: Blindness; Brothers; Death; Dogs; Family; Fathers; Letcher County (Ky.); Mothers; Murders; Parents; Sisters; Working

Subjects: Country life; Families.

00:07:49 - Growing up and moving

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Partial Transcript: What can you remember about, about growing up, um, before your father was killed, in, in Letcher County?

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about growing up in Letcher County. She talks about moving after her father died, and talks about travel before cars. She talks about the house she grew up in.

Keywords: Brothers; Family; Fathers; Gardens; Horses; House; Land; Mothers; Moving; Sisters; Sleeping arrangements; Transportation; Travel; Uncles; Walking

Subjects: Families.; Gardening; Letcher County (Ky.)

00:18:06 - Making a living

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Partial Transcript: Tell me a little more about when you were, uh, growing up, and, how did your mom, how did your mom make it when your, when your father died?

Segment Synopsis: She talks about how her mother managed to get by without a husband. She talks about neighbors and family helping her family. She talks about what she did to make money, and working on the farm with her husband.

Keywords: Bees; Chickens; Cows; Dresses; Family; Gardens; Help; Honey; Housework; Husband; Income; Making money; Mothers; Selling; Sisters; Steers; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Families.; Livestock--Appalachian region; Married life

00:30:20 - Moving and raising a garden

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Partial Transcript: When you first moved, um--when you first got married and you lived over across the old street up there, did you build the house that you lived in or was it already there?

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about the farm they used to live on and having to move because of the road. She talks about raising a garden.

Keywords: Crops; Gardens; Land; Moving; Planting; Potatoes; Roads; Selling

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Farms, small; Gardening

00:35:02 - Quitting school

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about school when you were a child. Did you go to school?

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about quitting school to work and help her mother. She talks about her brothers' and sisters' education.

Keywords: Army; Brothers; Buying groceries; Helping; Mothers; Quitting; Schools; Siblings; Sisters; Walking; Working

Subjects: Education; Families.

00:41:34 - Childhood memories

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Partial Transcript: What are some of your best memories from childhood?

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about some of her childhood memories. She talks about growing up on the farm.

Keywords: Cancer; Chickens; Cousins; Cows; Creek; Friends; Hogs; Memories; Neighbors; Plants; Playing; Plowing; Plows; Sleds

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Childhood.; Country life; Farms, small; Livestock--Appalachian region

00:50:32 - Clark's grandparents and grandchildren

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember your grandparents on either side?

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about visiting her grandparents. She talks about moving. She talks about her grandchildren and their education.

Keywords: Cars; College; Grandchildren; Grandparents; Growing up; Moving; Trains; Working

Subjects: Education, Higher; Families.; Family farms

00:59:26 - Differences in generations

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about your son, when he was born.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about raising her son and about him being in the Navy. She talks about how she raised him differently than she was raised.

Keywords: Army; Draft; Gardens; Navy; Raising children; Raising differences; Sons; Teaching; Vocational schools

Subjects: Families.; Gardening; Parenting

01:04:22 - Farming as a way of life

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about farming as a way of life?

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about the benefits of gardening and farming and raising crops. She talks about why she thinks people don't garden as much anymore.

Keywords: Cancer; Farming; Food; Gardens; Health; Vegetables

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

01:09:37 - Clark's parents / raising her own son

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Partial Transcript: One thing we're really interested in is, um, child raising.

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about how her mother had the children help around the house and how she raised them. She talks about shootings that used to happen where she lived.

Keywords: Brothers; Cleaning floors; Family; Grandparents; Help; Maids; Moonshine; Mothers; Raising children; Shootings; Sisters; Sleeping arrangements; Working

Subjects: Agriculture--Kentucky; Families.; Farms, small; Parenting

01:22:11 - Clark's brothers and sisters / church

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Partial Transcript: Well it sounds like your family was pretty close. Did, did you and your brothers and sisters all get along pretty well and--

Segment Synopsis: Clark talks about his brothers and sisters. She talks about her family that has died or been sick. She talks about going to church as a child and her family today going to church.

Keywords: Baptism; Brothers; Cancer; Death; Health problems; Old Regular Baptist Church; Siblings; Sisters

Subjects: Families.; Health; Kentucky--Religion