Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Kester Halcomb, Sr., July 31, 1991

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Letcher County history

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Partial Transcript: This is Kester Halcomb being interviewed by Zack Lewton on July 31st, 1991. Okay, I just wanted to--you, you've lived here a long time. I guess you lived 25 years right here?

Segment Synopsis: Kester Halcomb talks about Letcher County and his life there. He describes the state of the county and some of its history.

Keywords: Economics; Employment; Homes; Natural gas; Real estate management; Strip mining; Sustainable energy

Subjects: Agriculture; Coal mines and mining; Letcher County (Ky.)

GPS: Letcher County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.12, -82.85
00:08:07 - Employment in Letcher County

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Partial Transcript: You ever talk to your son about that? The future here, and what he thinks about it?

Segment Synopsis: Halcomb talks about employment opportunities in Letcher County. He talks about ginseng roots and their economic viability. He also talks about moonshining and his own alcohol habits.

Keywords: Agriculture; Childhood; Distilling, Illicit.; Employment; Farming; Ginseng; Health; Hunting; Real estate management; Roots (Botany); Whiskey

Subjects: Alcohol; Children; Family; Letcher County (Ky.)

00:16:35 - Parenting

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Partial Transcript: Did your wife want you to quit, or?

Segment Synopsis: Halcomb talks about why he quit drinking. He also talks about raising his son while working in the coal mines and the difficulty associated with being unable to see his son often.

Keywords: Agriculture; Assault; Children; Crime; Discipline; Employment; Fears; Money; Obedience; Parenting; Quality of life; Schools

Subjects: Family; Marriage; Wives

00:22:38 - Generational differences

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Partial Transcript: So do you think people are different now than they were back then?

Segment Synopsis: Halcomb talks about the differences between his generation and the generations that succeeded his. He also talks about raising his son.

Keywords: Alcohol; Automobiles; Coal mines and mining; Discipline; Drinking; Employment; Gardening; Health; Obedience; Parenting; Selfishness

Subjects: Community; Debt; Finance, Personal; Generations; Money; Social change

00:29:48 - Debt and personal finances / gardening

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Partial Transcript: You think that's a better way to live?

Segment Synopsis: Halcomb talks about his views on money management and credit. He also talks about gardening and his personal habits relating to gardening.

Keywords: Agriculture; Bugs; Corn; Fertilizer; Gardening; Marriage; Money; Parents; Pesticides; Pests; Retirement

Subjects: Credit; Debt; Finance,Personal

00:36:23 - Apple trees

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Partial Transcript: What about your fruit trees? Do you ever put any spray on them, or?

Segment Synopsis: Halcomb talks about his apple trees and his practices for keeping them well maintained.

Keywords: Agriculture; Employment; Farm life; Grafting; Orchards; Quality of life; Tractors

Subjects: Apple trees; Apples; Fruit; Pesticides