Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Faye Phipps, February 9, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Faye Phipps introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is February the 9th, 1992, an interview with Faye Phipps at her home in Louisville, Kentucky with Kim McBride as part of the Barthell documentation project.

Segment Synopsis: This is the introduction to the interview stating who the interview is with and when the interview was done. Ella Faye Phipps and her family are introduced.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Claude Litton; Co-operative (Ky.); Coal mining; Fathers; Faye Phipps; John Elmer Phipps; Lottie Jane Litton; Louisville (Ky.); McCreary County (Ky.); Mothers; Railroads; Schools

Subjects: Appalachians (People); Families; Railroads--Employees.; Stearns (Ky.)

GPS: Louisville, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 38.25, -85.766667
00:03:22 - Moving to Barthell, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, um, this connection between Claude Litton and your mother might have been how your family ended up in--at Barthell?

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks about how the Phipps family might have moved to Barthell and what experiences she had growing up in Barthell.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Claude Litton; Phipps; Schools; Stearns (Ky.); Tom Vahles

Subjects: Childhood; McCreary County (Ky.)

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:05:26 - Phipps family

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Partial Transcript: So how many brothers and sisters did you have?

Segment Synopsis: Phipps gives a quick introduction to the Phipps family, talking about the different children's names and where they were born.

Keywords: Brothers; Children; Ed Phipps; Field Work; Kin; Louis Phipps; Sisters; Spinal Meningitis

Subjects: Brothers and sisters.; Families

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:06:11 - Various living areas and jobs

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Partial Transcript: Well, as I said, I started school in Co-Op and from there Daddy--they were having strikes and depression and all kinds of things.

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks about her family moving several times and the unreliable jobs in Barthell and other places. She also talks about the different jobs her father held.

Keywords: Appalachian coal mining; Barthell (Ky.); Electrical Work; Jobs; Moving; Stearns (Ky.); Sterns Co.; Work

Subjects: Appalachians (People); Children of coal miners; Coal miners; Fathers

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:08:46 - Phipps home and life in Barthell, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: No I wouldn't expect that had anything at all to do with it. It's quite possible nobody else wanted that house. In the first place it was, oh, half a mile removed from the center of Barthell.

Segment Synopsis: Phipps gives an introduction of the Phipps house in Barthell. Phipps also talks about living in Barthell and what her family did without her there.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Boarding houses; Coal mines and mining; Homes; Medicine; Mumps; Vale

Subjects: Appalachians (People); Dwellings.; Families

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:15:06 - Relations and growing up in Barthell

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Partial Transcript: You mentioned--well now, you've cleared up for me this relation to the Littons. Were there any other people in Barthell that you all were related to, that you know of?

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks about some of the relationships in Barthell that the Phipps family had. She also talks about some of the experiences they had growing up and the food the Phipps family ate.

Keywords: Backyard gardening; Barthell (Ky.); Blackberries; Car; Dentists; Floods; Food; Gardens; Litton; Refrigerators; Roads; Stearns (Ky.); Stearns Carnival; Vale

Subjects: Appalachians (People); Familes; Growing up; Kin

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:21:16 - Description of the Barthell house

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Partial Transcript: Parts of that house I imagine in winter time. There was no central heating, I assure you! Um. The back corner was the kitchen and there was a big range back there.

Segment Synopsis: Phipps describes the house that the Phipps family lived in and all the different aspects of the home. She also describes some various life experiences.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Bats; Boarding houses; Coal mining; Ghost stories; Heating; Hunting; Mice; Ranges; Refrigerator

Subjects: Dewllings.; Haunted houses.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:31:28 - School for the Phipps family

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Partial Transcript: Would you all go down to the school and play, in the evening, or...?

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks about the schooling that the Phipps family had and gives a description of the school house in Barthell. Phipps also describes the different transportation to and from school.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Busing; Eastern Kentucky; Education; High schools; Reading; School houses; Stearns (Ky.); Teachers; Trains

Subjects: Rural schools--Appalachian Region; School buses; Schools

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:42:02 - Church in Barthell

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Partial Transcript: Well did you all go to church there in Barthell?

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks about the church in Barthell that the Phipps family attended on a regular basis. She also talks about their involvement with the ministry and the various events at the church.

Keywords: Banjos; Barthell (Ky.); Birthday parties; Deacons; Guitars; Ministers; Music; Service; Singing; Sunday schools; Weddings

Subjects: Church.; Clergy--Kentucky

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:45:52 - Going back to Barthell / strikes and the Stearns Company

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Partial Transcript: I was gonna ask you if you ever have gone back down there to Barthell?

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks a little bit about her house and what Barthell looked like when she went back. She talks about winter in Barthell and about her neighbors. She also talks about the Stearns Company, the strikes, and the closing of the mines. There are also various experiences that Phipps describes about living in Barthell.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Christmas; Co-Operative (Ky.); Coal mining; Heating; Houses; Ice; Isolation; John L. Lewis; Neighbors; Repairs; Stearns Coal and Lumber Company; Stearns Company; Unions; Visits; Water sources; Winter

Subjects: Appalachians (People)--Kentucky--Social conditions; Coal mines and mining; Dwellings--Maintenance and repair.; Dwellings.

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
00:58:15 - Mother / final comments on the house

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Partial Transcript: Because my mother is kind of a handy person who can do almost anything. And she made and remade all of our clothes.

Segment Synopsis: Phipps describes her mother and gives a final description of the house.

Keywords: Barthell (Ky.); Bedrooms; Boarding houses; Clothing; Couches; Family; Flooring; Furnishings; Guns; Money; Tables

Subjects: Dwellings.; Furniture; Mothers

GPS: Barthell, Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 36.686389, -84.525278
01:12:26 - Food in the Phipps family / interview conclusion

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Partial Transcript: She grew a lot of house plants. Yeah, I really--to have been realistic, I should have shown more buckets of plants on that banister, all the way across there.

Segment Synopsis: Phipps talks about the various foods the Phipps family ate while living in Barthell and how they acquired the foods they ate. Interview is concluded.

Keywords: Beans; Biscuits; Company stores; Cornbread; Fried potatoes; Gardening; Meals; Meat; Pies; Seasonal food; Simple; Soups; Sunday dinners; Vegetables

Subjects: Canned foods; Food.; Suppers.

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