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00:00:44 - Background Information

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Partial Transcript: Well, I was born in Jessamine County.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts talks about her parents and family in Poortown, KY.

Keywords: Memories of family; Poortown (Jessamine County, Ky.)

Subjects: Carpenter; Distillery; Family history

00:09:45 - Race Relations

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Partial Transcript: But we knew all them colored people, we loved them all.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts talks about race relations between African Americans in Hall and Whites in Poortown. {Some of the recording is low and hard to hear.}

Keywords: "Auntie" and "Uncle", names to address Black neighbors'; African Americans; Sally Overstreet

Subjects: Community; Funerals; Memories

00:14:44 - Memories of Neighbors and Family / Music and Musicians

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Partial Transcript: Aw, yes! We used to go up there and...

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts relates the genealogy of her husbands family, and she talks about the musicians in Poortown. She also talks about the carpeting made of straw.

Keywords: Booker men who were musicians; Family members; Homes and porches; Music and Musicians; Straw carpets

Subjects: Dancing; Genealogy; Housing

00:20:37 - Memories of Hall Residents, Family, and the Stores

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Partial Transcript: Oh, it's been years and years.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts remembers the people of Hall, the church, and race relations. She talks about one of the stores in Hall also.

Keywords: Getting along; Mother; Old African American neighbors in Hall; Stores

Subjects: Children; Churches; Memories

00:29:21 - Buying at the Store / Sewing

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Partial Transcript: Oh, yes, had shoes.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts shares her memories of buying goods at the store and her sister's seamstress skills.

Keywords: Seamstressing

Subjects: Merchandise; Sewing

00:33:05 - Looking at Old Pictures / More Race Relations / Poortown, KY

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Partial Transcript: Was this was The Hall?

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts shares her memories of the separation of Hall and Poortown, and her memory of John Walk, the African American blacksmith.

Keywords: John Walk; Keeping separate; Picture; Poortown (Jessamine County, Ky)

Subjects: Change; Gourds; Land ownership; Memories; Race relations; Segregation

00:40:08 - The Distillery / Women and Working / Owning Cars / The Flu Epidemic

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Partial Transcript: Women worked then.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts talks about her father's attitude on women working, the first cars, and the flu epidemic.

Keywords: Flu deaths; Liquor; Seeing first car; Women working in the distillery; Women working out of town

Subjects: Employment; Epidemic

00:46:24 - Telephones and Medical Care / Moving Back Home and Employment

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Partial Transcript: Ah, we had telephones when we lived down in he country.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts talks about having a telephone, call the doctor, and the African American midwife, and her employment.

Keywords: Calling the doctor; Coming home; Employment; The Bookers

Subjects: Medical care; Midwife

00:52:55 - Going to Church / Store in Hall / Old Neighbors

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Partial Transcript: Nah, I went out to Presbyterian.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts talks about her church attendance and her membership. She and the interviewer attempt to talk about the list of old neighbors, but without much success.

Keywords: Going to church; Mrs. Rose (not sure of spelling); No Poortown churches; Old neighbors died; Store shoppers

Subjects: Churches

01:01:02 - More Memories on the List of Names

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Partial Transcript: Yeah. Uh-hu.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts helps make the connection with her in-laws, brothers who married her daughters, then continues discussing the list of names with the interviewer.

Keywords: List of names; Old neighbors

Subjects: Memories

01:12:38 - More of the Names List and Finishing Up the Interview

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Partial Transcript: Auhhh! ???? Vinegar used to work for us.

Segment Synopsis: Bessie Stull Watts talks about one of her African American employees, Cindy Vinegar who did the laundry and ironing. She and he interviewer continue attempting to identify those on the list of names.

Keywords: Cindy Vinegar; Employment for African American women; Ironing; Race relations; Remember names on the list

Subjects: African Americans; Laundry; Memories