Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with W. Beth Boggs, August 1, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Family

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Beth Boggs on August 1st, 1991, and the interviewer is Elizabeth Albert.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about her parents, where they were from, and her family moving from Indiana to Michigan. She talks about her family's roots. She discusses her educational decisions.

Keywords: Ancestry; Bible colleges; Fathers; Finances; Heritage; Huguenots; Indiana; Michigan; Mothers; Moving; Ohio; Parents

Subjects: Agriculture.; Education; Families.; Genealogy

00:07:29 - Moving to Michigan / growing up on the farm

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about--what were you saying about, um, why your dad went to Michigan? There was some program up there--

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about her father's decision to move his family to Michigan. She talks about some of the jobs she remembers having to do on the farm. She talks about the things her family did for fun, and about church.

Keywords: Brothers; Carpentry; Chores; Churches; Cows; Cucumbers; Family; Farm lands; Farmers; Games; Gardens; Grass; Housework; Indiana; Lumber; Michigan; Mothers; Neighbors; Pickles; Playing; Radios; Religion; Siblings; Sisters; Stock farms; Wood

Subjects: Agriculture.; Country life; Families.; Recreation

00:24:21 - Chores growing up / relationships with parents

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Partial Transcript: I, I was wanting to ask you about, as far as division of labor and chores, you, you mentioned a couple things you did with, um, watching the cows and picking cucumbers, and then other than that it was largely indoor work, it seems like.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about the differences between the chores she and her sisters did and what her brother did. She talks about her family selling crops and raising crops for the family to eat. She talks about her relationships with her parents.

Keywords: Buckwheat; Corn; Fathers; Gender roles; Hay; Milking; Mothers; Parents

Subjects: Agriculture.; Families.; Subsistence farming

00:31:59 - Childhood home

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Partial Transcript: Can you describe that house to me that you grew up in?

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about her childhood home and the different rooms in the house.

Keywords: Bedrooms; Benches; Childhood; Furniture; Houses; Kitchens; Land; Rooms; Sleeping arrangements; Water

Subjects: Families.; Housing

00:38:41 - Boggs' parents

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Partial Transcript: But my father raised the corn, and the oats, and the wheat, the buckwheat, the pickles, and we always had a garden.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about the crops that her father raised. She talks about her parents and her brothers and sisters.

Keywords: Brothers; Fathers; Gardens; Mothers; Parents; Reading; Sisters; Vegetables; Watermelons; Weeds

Subjects: Agriculture.; Families.; Farms, small; Gardening

00:46:00 - Going to school, getting married, and becoming missionaries

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Partial Transcript: So, you, you went to Bible school in Kentucky, did you say?

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about going to college, meeting her husband, and going to Japan as a missionary with her family. She talks about where her children are now.

Keywords: Bible colleges; College; Missions work; Teaching; Traveling

Subjects: Education, Higher; Families.; Missionaries

00:50:55 - Raising children

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about raising your children. About, um--just how it was different from the way you were raised in any way you can think of or how it was the same.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about how she raised her children differently from how she was raised. She talks about getting her children involved in music. She talks about her children going to college.

Keywords: College; Husband; Missions; Piano; Raising children; Religion; Singing; Symphony; Violin

Subjects: Education, Higher; Music; Parenting

00:59:15 - Buying land and raising fruit

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Partial Transcript: Of course they knew, um, my husband was raised in this area--

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about her husband buying their land. She talks about the house that used to be on the land. She discusses raising a garden and fruit trees, and the role it played in raising her children.

Keywords: Apples; Berries; Blackberries; Boarding schools; Chores; Family; Fruit trees; Land; Marketing; Marriage; Newspapers; Planting; Pruning; Raspberries; Renting

Subjects: Agriculture.; Families.; Housing; Land; Land use, Rural--Kentucky; Married life

01:15:47 - Marriage / beginning a new garden

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about whose decision it was to--I mean you mentioned it was your husband who found this berry farm and, and that. Who, who decided to plant the berries here, and to make that a venture.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs discusses the way she and her husband work together. She talks about their influence on their children. She talks about what they've learned from trying to grow berries.

Keywords: Berries; Children; Decisions; Gardens; Marriage; Planting; Pruning; Relationships; Tomatoes; Vegetables

Subjects: Agriculture.; Gardening--Appalachian Region; Married life

01:33:38 - Working in the garden

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Beth Boggs on August 1st, 1991, the interviewer is Elizabeth Albert, and this is tape two.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about the work she does in the garden. She talks about the problems they have had with weeds as well as with bugs and rot.

Keywords: Beer; Black rot; Brambles; Cherries; Farming; Fertilizer; Flowers; Frost; Fruit trees; Manure; Peach trees; Pears; Pesticides; Plums; Slugs; Spraying; Strawberries; Weeds; Work; Writing

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

01:55:38 - Teaching children to work

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Partial Transcript: I, I want to just ask one last question going back to what you said about raising your kids, and you had a garden pretty much wherever you went.

Segment Synopsis: Boggs talks about how she raised her children. She discusses her perspective on having girls and boys doing different types of work. She talks about teaching her children to work.

Keywords: Children; Chores; Daughters; Gender roles; Husband; Raising children; Sons; Traveling; Working

Subjects: Education; Parenting