Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Charles E. Phipps, Mrs. John Phipps, Alma Phipps Martin, February 10, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:42 - Moving to Barthell

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Partial Transcript: The first thing I was gonna ask you all is if you knew when you moved to Barthell?

Segment Synopsis: The Phipps' discuss where they lived in Barthell and where they worked.

Keywords: 1946; Homes; Jobs; Marriage; Mine 18; Miners; Moving; Phipps; Timber

Subjects: Barthell (Ky.); Families.; Relocation (Housing)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:03:05 - Mr. John Phipps life

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Partial Transcript: What did your husband do there in the mine?

Segment Synopsis: Mrs. J. Phipps is helped to recall what her husband John did in the mines in Barthell and about his life. She talks about her family as well.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Co-Operative (Ky.); Litton family; Mine 18; Mining; Occupations; Oneida (Tenn.); Work; Worley (Ky.); Yamacraw (Ky.)

Subjects: Coal miners; Coal mines and mining.; McCreary County (Ky.)--History.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:09:08 - Average day in Barthell / company store

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Partial Transcript: Can you tell me a little bit about what your--what an average day would be like? What time you would get up and all that kind of stuff?

Segment Synopsis: The Phipps' tell McBride about how their day would go in Barthell and talk about the things that would be in the company store along with what goods could be made.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Clothing; Company store; Curtains; Dry goods; Homemade; Montgomery Ward; Quilting; Sears Roebuck

Subjects: Clothing and dress.; Company stores; Consumer goods; McCreary County (Ky.)--History.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:15:17 - The Barthell neighborhood

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Partial Transcript: They lived just about at the edge of Sonny's property.

Segment Synopsis: McBride helps the Phipps' describe where people lived in Barthell along with some other places in Barthell. C. Phipps tells a story about Indian graves.

Keywords: Barnes family; Barthell (Ky.); Bath houses; Indian Graves; Jonce Holt; Thrasher family

Subjects: Appalachian Region--History; McCreary County (Ky.)--History

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:25:31 - Outings in Barthell

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Partial Transcript: Well did you all get out much to go to Stearns or other places?

Segment Synopsis: The Phipps' recall when their father got a car and describe many stories of going into town and watching people. Tell a story about the car getting stolen.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Barthell Coal Mining, Stearns; Carnivals; Cars; Chevrolet; Shopping; Travel

Subjects: Appalachian Region, Southern--Social life and customs.; Automobiles.; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:29:05 - Church in the schoolhouse

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Partial Transcript: Do you all remember any of the teachers that were at the school?

Segment Synopsis: The Phipps' talk about going to school in Barthell and also explain how the church met in the schoolhouse. They discuss various church activities.

Keywords: Books; Church events; Dick and Jane; Educators; One room schools; Sunday school; Teachers

Subjects: Education.; McCreary County (Ky.); Rural churches; Rural schools

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:42:16 - Photographs of Barthell

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Partial Transcript: I have some pictures that Reba gave me since you all do know them.

Segment Synopsis: McBride passes around some old pictures and the Phipps' talk about the people they knew in the pictures.

Keywords: 1920; Kentucky; Photographs; Pictures

Subjects: Barthell (Ky.); McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:55:42 - Life after Barthell

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Partial Transcript: Well, did a lot of people from Barthell move up here when you all did?

Segment Synopsis: McBride asks about where other people moved after Barthell. McBride and C. Phipps discuss pictures to use in the Barthell book and museum.

Keywords: Book of Barthell; Moving; Muncie (Ind.); New Albany (Ind.); Ohio

Subjects: McCreary County (Ky.); Relocation (Housing)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:59:59 - What they did for fun

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Partial Transcript: Um, well I thank you all. I won't keep you for too long but are there any other stories or anything about life in Barthell that you'd like to, to get on tape?

Segment Synopsis: The Phipps' talk about what they did for fun and what games they played as children. A story is also told about a moonshiner freezing to death.

Keywords: Bicycles; Churches; Company stores; Horseshoes; Injuries; Moonshine; Rent; Schools; Shutemens store; Softball; Swimming; Swinging; Tire swings

Subjects: Appalachian Region, Southern--Social life and customs.; Games.; McCreary County (Ky.); Sports.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:12:14 - Medical care in Barthell

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Partial Transcript: This was in the middle of the night, but they had a little motorcar that run up and down the road.

Segment Synopsis: C. Phipps talks about his father getting injured and having to travel to the hospital in Danville. Talks about Barthell's doctor. Talks about midwives and a traveling nurse.

Keywords: Danville (Ky.); Doctors; Dr. Floyd; Hospitals; Injuries; Midwives; Nurses; Railcars; Railroad; Shots; Stearns (Ky.); Trains; Travel; Undertakers

Subjects: Appalachian Region, Southern.; Medical assistance; Physicians.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:20:09 - Cars / trick-or-treating / deaths

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Partial Transcript: But, until about 1946, if you had a car at Barthell, you had to have it up on the hilltop, they called it.

Segment Synopsis: The Phipps' talk about those who had a car in Barthell keeping it on top of a hill. Talk about their car being stolen. Talk about going trick-or-treating in Barthell. Talk about deaths in Barthell while they lived there. Interview is concluded.

Keywords: Cars; Crime; Deaths; Halloween; Lights; Parking; Preachers; Slaven; Theft

Subjects: Appalachian Region, Southern.; Automobiles.; Rural children

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