Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Brunelle Casey, June 5, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:06 - Interview introduction

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Partial Transcript: "Today is the 5th of June 1992 and I'm Andrea Allen here to interview Mrs. Brunelle Casey."

Segment Synopsis: Andrea Allen introduces interviewee, Brunelle Casey, who gives her family history and gives a brief summary of her duties on her father's farm.

Keywords: Anderson County Kentucky; Family History; Pulaski County Kentucky; Tenant farm life; childhood chores; children's farm chores; farm life

Subjects: Anderson County (Ky.); Childhood; Family--history; Farm life.; Lawrenceburg (Ky.); Pulaski County (Ky.)

00:07:54 - Childhood on the Farm

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Partial Transcript: "When you all were in Pulaski that, that first place you can remember, was that a farm?"

Segment Synopsis: She remembers preparing and preserving food before rural electrification, in addition to washing clothes before indoor plumbing.

Keywords: food storage and preservation.; rural electrification; washing

Subjects: Childhood; Farm tenancy; Food--Preservation; Rural conditions; Rural electrification

00:17:44 - Medical Care for Illness

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Partial Transcript: "Do remember you or any of your family getting sick down there?"

Segment Synopsis: She recalls home remedies used to cure illnesses, and the doctors that were located in the Anderson County area.

Keywords: castor oil; childhood illnesses; country doctors; home remedies and medical care; measles; medical care and illnesses; typhoid fever

Subjects: Childhood; Health

00:31:59 - Chores on the Farm

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Partial Transcript: "You said you help you mother in the morning and then probably y'all went off to school..."

Segment Synopsis: Brunelle describes chores that she had on the farm growing up, as well as other illnesses and ailments that other family members had.

Keywords: Tenant farm life; childhood chores; childhood experiences; childhood farm memories; daily farm chores; education in one-room school; gender roles on the farm; one-room school

Subjects: Anderson County (Ky.); Childhood; Farm life.; Religion

00:38:52 - Moving Back to Anderson County

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Partial Transcript: "How did the family decide to move up here?"

Segment Synopsis: Mrs. Casey discusses her family moving to Anderson County and compares farming between two different counties. She also describes what the farm was like.

Keywords: Anderson County Kentucky; Renting land; childhood experiences; childhood farm memories; farm life; tenant farmers

Subjects: Anderson County (Ky.); Farm life.

00:44:21 - Married Life

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Partial Transcript: "How did you meet your husband?"

Segment Synopsis: She describes how she met her husband, Thomas Casey, and adjusting to married life. Brunelle also discusses the medical care that her husband received while he was ill.

Keywords: Alton (Ky.); Beef Cattle Farming; Franklin County (Ky.); Tenant farm life; country doctor; death; emphysema; medical care; tenant farmers; tobacco farming

Subjects: Farm tenancy; Farmers' spouses; Medical care

01:00:26 - Health Insurance

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Partial Transcript: "Did you ever have insurance, health insurance?"

Segment Synopsis: Andrea asks Brunelle about the condition of her health and health insurance.

Keywords: Health; Health Insurance; Healthcare; Medicaid; Medicare; family medical history; medical care availability

Subjects: Health care issues, costs, and access; Rural health services

01:08:33 - Retirement

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Partial Transcript: "So that's when you all quit doing the tobacco?"

Segment Synopsis: She talks about leasing out and selling off pieces of the farm after she retired, along with briefly describing her experience in the homemaker's club

Keywords: Homemakers Club; farm life; leasing farm land; retirement; tenant farming

Subjects: Farm tenancy; Retirement

01:20:30 - Family Medical History

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Partial Transcript: "Did I ask you if you've used any home remedies on your children?"

Segment Synopsis: Brunelle lists other remedies and drugstore products that she used on her children as well as the changes in medical care over the years.

Keywords: Anderson County Kentucky; Healthcare; changes in medical care; country; family medical history; health; home remedies; medical care; medical care availability

Subjects: Health; Health care issues, costs, and access

01:32:02 - Final comments

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Partial Transcript: "Now do you know some people who are against going to doctors?"

Segment Synopsis: Mrs. Casey gives her last comments on healthcare access, and farming as a way of life and business. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Anderson County Kentucky; Frankfort (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.); Medicare; access to health care; commercial vs. family farming; commerical farming; health; home remedies and medical care; the future of farming

Subjects: Farm life.; Health care issues, costs, and access; Medical care, Cost of