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00:00:09 - Conversation clips of Boardinghouses and Ms. Milson

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Partial Transcript: This is January 30th, 1992. This interview is being conducted with Reba Holt Whalen and Dee Coffee.

Segment Synopsis: The interview begins with the women in mid-conversation, discussing boardinghouses in Barthell. The tape pauses and starts again with the women discussing the schoolteacher, Ms. Milson. They discuss photographs of Barthell.

Keywords: bardinghouses; gyms; memories; school; teachers

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:03:02 - Identification of photographs

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Partial Transcript: Is that the bath house?

Segment Synopsis: The women discuss photographs of Barthell and identify different homes and structures in the town. They tell a story about putting a turkey in a woman's outhouse.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); McGuffey; Peggy King; Thanksgiving; bathhouses; houses; photographs; pictures; structures; turkeys

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:05:47 - Hazel Wallace

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Partial Transcript: Who are these girls?

Segment Synopsis: They talk about Hazel Wallace. A story is told about Hazel Wallace being saved from drowning.

Keywords: Charlie Wallace; diving; fathers; relatives; swimming

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:09:19 - Ms. Milson / other people in Barthell

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Partial Transcript: If you went to school with Ms. Milson, and you had eighth grade, you had a college education before you come out of there.

Segment Synopsis: Barthell's teacher, Ms. Milson, is discussed. They also talk about the McGuffey family and continue to identify people in the photographs. They talk about the location of the boardinghouse. A story is told about one of the women thinking she was pregnant from sitting on a boy's lap.

Keywords: Opal McGuffey; boardinghouses; education; one-room schools; pregnancy; schoolhouses

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.); Rural schools

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:14:52 - Identification of homes, people, and other locations

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Partial Transcript: So let me see if I've got this straight. I'm sorry, you all, I keep getting confused.

Segment Synopsis: They identify what families lived in which houses in Barthell. They talk about being afraid of icicles falling and about making ice cream. They talk about where people were baptized.

Keywords: Donald Shootman; Parsons; fathers; homes; ice cream; icicles; smoking; winter

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:21:16 - Arrival of Betty Davis

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Partial Transcript: Hello? Hi! Come on in. Mrs. Davis? Come on in.

Segment Synopsis: Betty arrives. The women chat and then continue to identify people and places in the photos. Betty tells where she was born.

Keywords: Miller; births; fathers; houses; illness; sick

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:28:36 - Numbers on the photos / floods

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Partial Transcript: If you all hear me calling out numbers, I've got numbers on these. 'Cause I get so confused.

Segment Synopsis: Kim explains that the photographs are numbered. Dee identifies John Coffee's house and the location of the swinging bridge. The women talk about floods in McCreary County. They continue discussing the photographs.

Keywords: Coffee; Faye Phipps; Ice Camp; Maggie; McGuffey; boarding houses; creeks; floods; houses; photos; pictures; rocks; schools; swinging bridges

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:40:42 - Schoolhouse / Dee's family

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Partial Transcript: Now right here used to be an old schoolhouse. Up on top of the hill.

Segment Synopsis: The location of the school is discussed. Dee talks about meeting some of her extended family. They talk about other people who lived in Barthell.

Keywords: Maureen O'Hara; birthdays; cousins; family; pond; school

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:50:17 - Claude Vahles

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Partial Transcript: This was my childhood sweetheart. This the one I was engaged to be married to and he just died recently.

Segment Synopsis: Dee talks about being engaged to Claude Vahles. The women request copies of pictures. They talk about carrying water. They talk about a man from Barthell who disappeared.

Keywords: Claude Vahles; Pat Coffee; Pauline Waters; Ted Coffee; army; grandmothers; mothers; muscadine jelly; rocks; swimming; water

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:58:15 - Tom Vahles and Ellis Strunk / Bible Bees

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Partial Transcript: Ellis Strunk. That got Tom Vahles killed.

Segment Synopsis: The women talk about the shooting between Tom Vahles and Ellis Strunk. They continue to discuss the photographs and share memories of Barthell. They talk about Barthell having "Bible Bees" and a woman who was very good at memorizing passages.

Keywords: Bible; baptism; bathhouses; deaths; memorize; railroads; witness

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:07:18 - Playing in the mines as a child / Myrtle Worley

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Partial Transcript: Dee, there's a story that you told, um, when I first met you but we didn't get it on tape.

Segment Synopsis: Dee tells a story about playing in Mine 18 with her friends and getting into trouble. Betty leaves. The women talk about the Worley family and others in Barthell.

Keywords: Christine; Clyde; Heth family; Mine 18; Myrtle Worley; Shepherd family; carbide lamps; trap door

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:21:13 - Home products and food / noise from the tipple

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Partial Transcript: There was one question I wanted to ask you all if--and I think, Reba, I ask you a little about this--if Sonny would want to stock some of the houses with canned goods and soap powders and things like that, what brand name products do you all remember?

Segment Synopsis: Dee and Reba describe the soap and other products they used at home in Barthell. They talk about the food they ate. They talk about what could be purchased at the company store and having to yell over the sound of the tipple.

Keywords: Ivory soap; PG soap; beans; cabbage; candy; canned foods; food; hominy; marbles; marshmallows; pinto beans; soap; tipples

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:25:40 - Miners / singing / school

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Partial Transcript: Well did most people prefer to work on the day shift?

Segment Synopsis: The women talk about the men who worked in the mines and what they did. Reba talks about singing and yodeling. Dee talks about a pregnant woman fainting. They talk about moonshiners in the area. The tape stops and starts during segment.

Keywords: Clyde Holt; McGuffey; Vahles; clothing; coal miners; dances; education; floor plans; learning; moonshine; music; praying; school; singing; songs

Subjects: Coal miners; Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:35:00 - Drawings of Barthell

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Partial Transcript: This is what, if you all would care to be adventurous and try this, and what I would like to do is do drawings.

Segment Synopsis: The women are asked to draw more pictures of the town. They talk more about Barthell and people they knew as they draw. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: depictions; houses; illustrations; memories; towns

Subjects: Company towns; McCreary County (Ky.)

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