Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Daisy Murphy, March 19, 1994

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Biographical details

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Partial Transcript: I'm interviewing, uh, Daisy Murphy. [silence] It's March the 19th, 1994.

Segment Synopsis: Daisy Murphy is introduced. She talks about her family's history as far back as she can remember. She mentions her husband who was a coal miner.

Keywords: Coal miners; Fathers; Grandparents; Logan County (W. Va.); Mothers; Parents; Wayne County (W. Va.); Zirkles family

Subjects: Coal miners; Coal miners' spouses; Families.; Genealogy; Logan County (W. Va.)

00:02:47 - Growing up in coal camps / marriage, children, and siblings

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Partial Transcript: You were raised in the coal camps?

Segment Synopsis: Daisy describes growing up in coal camps in the 1920s. She talks about her father changing jobs and the family's move from one place to another. She lists the names of her family members, including her siblings and children.

Keywords: Coal camps; Coal miners; Employment in coal camps; Life in coal camps

Subjects: Coal mines and mining; Logan County (W. Va.)

00:07:21 - Raising family / husband's death from black lung

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Partial Transcript: So what was it like, uh, raising your family during the, during the thirties and the forties?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy describes moving around with her coal miner husband and finally settling in McDowell County (W. Va.) in 1937. She recounts not having indoor plumbing for a long time. She describes her husband's retirement and his death from black lung disease.

Keywords: Black lung; Indoor plumbing

Subjects: Coal miners; Lungs--Dust diseases; McDowell County (W. Va.)

00:10:00 - Children's careers / thoughts on the future

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Partial Transcript: So how do you feel about, uh, uh, the future?

Segment Synopsis: Murphy talks about her children and what they are doing currently. She also expresses her hopes for the improvement of economic conditions in her town.

Keywords: Coal mines and economy; Economy in West Virginia

Subjects: Coal mines and mining; Families.

00:12:43 - Personal stories from the past

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Partial Transcript: Let me ask you this, have you had any, uh--you were bound to have had some funny things happen and, uh, raising all these kids.

Segment Synopsis: Murphy recounts some - often funny - incidents from her past. The stories are about her husband and children. She also talks about funeral practices at the time of her husband's death. Despite the frequent problem of alcoholism among miners, she does not think her husband was an alcoholic .

Keywords: Funeral practices; Funny stories; Raising children in West Virginia; Turkeys

Subjects: Families.