Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Elda Gruner Jackson, January 10, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Personal background

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Um, this is a, um, Kentucky Farm Family Oral History Program interview.

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses her family and the family farm.

Keywords: Alice Gruner Polling; Buckeye (Ky.); Corn; Crestwood; Dairy farms; Eastern Kentucky University; Family; Family farms; Grains; Janice Gruner; Louisville (Ky.); Nancy Gruner Bost; Spencerian College; Teachers; Travel agents; University of Louisville; Washington County (Ky.)

Subjects: African American farmers.; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Social life and customs

00:08:39 - Dairy farm

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Partial Transcript: Um, so was this the farm that you--did they still have this farm then? Or was this--

Segment Synopsis: Jackson recalls early memories of living on the farm.

Keywords: Alfalfa fields; Artificial insemination school (AI school); Barns; Breeding; Corn fields; Cows; Farms; Milk cows; Milk rooms; Registered cows; Stanchions

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Economic conditions; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture

00:20:03 - Farm hands

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Partial Transcript: What was the hauler? Was that sort of just, um, getting someone--someone would go around and do this for you? Or would you rent a hauler?

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses her work on the farm and the workers her father hired to work on the farm.

Keywords: Animal Science major; Calf barn; Chickens; Crops; Dogs; Foster children; Johnny Simpson; Kennels; Pig farms; Pigs; Prisoners; University of Kentucky; Wages; Washington County (Ky.)

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Agriculture; African Americans--Social life and customs

00:29:31 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: Um, I was wondering if--you had mentioned that you and your sisters, um, were in the 4-H?

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses her childhood experiences with her family and the death of her mother.

Keywords: "Mental house"; 4-H programs; Canning; Cows; Dairy club; Dairy farms; Farming; Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA); Great Depression; Horses; Mules; Sewing; Tobacco crops; Tuberculosis (TB); Wegener Granulomatosis (WG); Youth groups

Subjects: African American youth; African Americans--Education; African Americans--Health and hygiene; African Americans--Religion

00:39:06 - Tobacco crops / health / marriage

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so my mom and dad, uh, did y--did grow tobacco on the farm. We had a, uh, 2,000 pound base.

Segment Synopsis: Jackson discusses her last few years working on the family farm, her marriage, and her new life on the farm with her husband.

Keywords: Beef cattle; Childhood; Dairy cattle; Dust; Equipment; Farming health; Hay; Heritage farm program; Home; Horses; Marriage; Round balers; Tobacco base; Tobacco crops; Wages; Youth

Subjects: African American farmers; African Americans--Health and hygiene; African Americans--Social life and customs; Agriculture