Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Dee Coffee-Tytko, January 27, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:01:37 - Background information

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Partial Transcript: This is January 27, 1992 part of the Barthell documentation project. This is an interview with Dee Coffee at her home in Somerset, Kentucky, conducted with Kim McBride with the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer starts by asking basic questions about Dee Coffee's life, including where and when she was born. She replies she was born in Stearns, Kentucky the year 1922. She lived with her grandparents during the time.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Birth; Stearns (Ky.)

Subjects: Families.; Grandparents; Occupations.

GPS: Stearns, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.698056, -84.476667
00:05:27 - Family education

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever go to school there, just with friends when you were staying over night, or anything? Who were your uncles?

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about her family's education. She states that her grandparents had 14 children. They all became lawyers or teachers except for one that worked in the mines and was killed.

Keywords: College; Death; Lawyers; Lexington (Ky.); Mines; School; Teachers

Subjects: Education.; Families.; Occupations.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:08:41 - Memories from pictures

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember taking a lot of pictures when you were living in Barthell? You liked taking pictures? What did you have, a little Brownie type camera?

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee shows the interviewer pictures of her grandmother's house. She talks about playing on a rock and how she enjoyed staying with her grandmother. She talks about the people she met when she lived there. She talks about her grandpa and what he did for work. She tells stories about various people in Barthell.

Keywords: Cameras; Grandparents; Mines; Money; Pictures; School house; Stores; Superintendents; Work

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Grandfathers; Grandparents

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:17:06 - Dee Coffee and her husband

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Partial Transcript: So after you all were married you didn't ever live in Barthell then, did you?

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about marrying her husband at age 14 and moving in with her mother-in-law. She talks about what her house looked like and about her children.

Keywords: 1922; Houses; Husbands; Kids; Mines; Mother-in-laws; Working

Subjects: Children.; Families.; Marriage

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:25:32 - The houses of Barthell

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Partial Transcript: And right here is, uh, Ed McGuffey's house, and Dad used to live there too. Ed Heath lived there. I lived there.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about various homes in Barthell, including where she lived and what she had in her home. She also describes how the house was later remodeled.

Keywords: Bathrooms; Borders; Build; Fix; Houses; Indoor plumbing; Kitchens; Lived; Rooms

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Dwellings.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:36:27 - Life in Barthell in the 1900's

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Partial Transcript: Now you can take this picture. I know you will love this picture. Boy, there is a lot of stories in that picture.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about life when she was younger. She talks about getting water for the family, plumbing in the home, and the family making their own refrigerator.

Keywords: Bridges; Chidren; Houses; Kids; Pictures; Plumbing; Springs; Water

Subjects: Dwellings.; Families.; Outhouses

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:42:26 - Dee Coffee's dad

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Partial Transcript: This is my grandma and this is me and my aunt holding me. I was bald headed as I could be. See they always went and dressed in suits and vests.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about her father and how he got his education. She also talks about jobs he worked throughout his life, including working in the mines.

Keywords: Berea College; College; Company; Dads; Education; Life; Mines; Studying; Working

Subjects: Family history.; Fathers.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:46:17 - Families living in Bathell

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Partial Transcript: Well did your father have a lot of brothers and sisters that also came to Barthell, or were there...? What happened to their mother?

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about the death of her grandmother. She also talks about where various families lived in Barthell at the time. [There is a period of silence during segment.]

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Deaths; Families; Houses; Living; Prior; Pryor; Sibilings

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Grandmothers.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:49:51 - Son's injuries

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Partial Transcript: I lived in that house. That's just 2 rooms down and 2 rooms up. I had my washer right here on this porch. There was a spring under there.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffe talks about houses she lived in and talks about a washer that she had. She also talks about accidents that happened to her son, including an injury to his leg and a splinter on his penis.

Keywords: Hospital; Legs; Operations; Splinters; Springs; Washers

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Mothers and sons.; Wounds and injuries

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:57:05 - Traveling away

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Partial Transcript: When did the McGuffey's move away from there?

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about moving out of Barthell in 1953. She also talks about riding the train and going to a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Keywords: 1953; Hospitals; Lexington (Ky.); Move; Trains

Subjects: Railroad travel.

GPS: Lexington, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:58:36 - Falling in love

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Partial Transcript: I thought he was the best looking thing I ever seen in my life. That's all I went after was looks. The more my dad and mother would tell me not to look at him, the more I'd look at him.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about meeting her husband. She was only 14 when they were married and he was 21. She also talks about when she had each of her kids. Discusses more photographs she is viewing.

Keywords: Births; Churches; Kids; Looks; Love; Marriage; Stores

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Husbands.; Marriage.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:06:07 - Inside the house

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Partial Transcript: You had a bedroom, living room, and kitchen. And you didn't have no clothes closet. You had to have a wardrobe.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about the house she lived in during the 1900's. She describes each room and talks about her possessions.

Keywords: Bedrooms; Biscuits; Cooking; Drinking; Kitchens; Living rooms; Radios; Stoves

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Dinners and dining.; Dwellings.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:15:04 - Social events / smokehouses

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember other social events that went on in the evening?

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about social events at Barthell, including playing horseshoe, ball, and playing on rocks. She talks about smokehouses and chicken houses in Barthell.

Keywords: Ball; Chicken houses; Chickens; Churches; Climb; Craft Furniture Making; Crawl; Furniture; Horseshoes; Rocks; School house; Smokehouses; Springs; Water

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:20:33 - Cleaning / doctor / Coffee family

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Partial Transcript: Mother had, uh, frames that had little nails sticking out. And she'd stretch them curtains when she'd take them down.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about cleaning curtains and washing clothes. She talks about her kids getting hurt and talks about medical assistance in Barthell. She also talks about American Indians and the Coffee family.

Keywords: American Indians; Boiling; Cleaning; Curtains; Doctors; Family reunions; Hazel Wallace; John Coffee; Lye soap

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:25:26 - Church in Barthell

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Partial Transcript: I tell you, I-I've got a picture somewhere wherever I've got the school house, of a baptizing at Stearns Pond, and Nell said she knowed there was a thousand there.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about going to church in Barthell and being baptized. She also talks about her mother playing the organ and piano.

Keywords: Baptisms; Baptists; Hill; Methodists; Mormons; Mothers; Music; Organ; Pianists

Subjects: Church.; Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Pianists.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:28:58 - Stories about Dee's family

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Partial Transcript: And pie suppers! They used to have pie suppers, you've heard of them.

Segment Synopsis: Dee Coffee talks about her father buying her mother's pies at a pie supper. Talks about her extended family and tells stories about them, particularly her grandparents. Interview is concluded.

Keywords: Auctions; Bidding; Chickens; Drinking; Fathers; Grandmothers; Grandparents; Mothers; Pie suppers; Pies; Pigs

Subjects: Company towns--Kentucky--McCreary County; Families.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278