Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Elwood McConathy, June 25, 2001

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Introduction and family genealogy

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Partial Transcript: It's June 25th, 2001. I'm talking with Mr. Elwood McConathy.

Segment Synopsis: Introduction by Rebecca Glasscock. This segment focuses on Elwood McConathy's family and genealogy in Fayette County, Kentucky.

Keywords: Family; Kentucky; Kentucky genealogy

Subjects: Families.; Family histories.; Fayette County (Ky.); Genealogy; Lexington (Ky.)

00:02:42 - Biographical overview

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Partial Transcript: Okay, let's go on and talk a little bit about what you--what--your schooling and where, uh, you worked...

Segment Synopsis: McConathy talks about his education, experiences in World War II, and post-war career.

Keywords: Australia; Military service; New Guinea; Schools; Work; World War II

Subjects: Childhood; Education--Kentucky; Fayette County (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.); World War, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans.

00:10:35 - Growing up in Fayette County, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Um, let's turn now to when you were a young person in Fayette County.

Segment Synopsis: McConathy speaks about his grandfather and his grandfather's farm. McConathy talks about the rural landscape of Fayette County, Kentucky and his father's farm during the 1920s.

Keywords: Agriculture; Birth; Dairy; Dairy farms; Grandfathers; Hemp; Mills; Tobacco; Tobacco farms

Subjects: Country life; Families.; Family farms.; Farm life.; Land use, Rural.; Livestock.; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:17:57 - Life on the farm

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Partial Transcript: Well now, um, tell us, in the, in the nineteen-twenties, when your dad was, was still alive and you had that hundred acres--give or take--what was going on on the farm?

Segment Synopsis: McConathy describes the working farm where he lived as a young child.

Keywords: Apples; Blackberries; Butter; Cisterns; Cream; Eggs; Gardens; Grapes; Hogs; Meat preservation; Orchards; Plums; Smokehouses; Tobacco; Vegetables

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Families.; Family farms.; Farm life.; Food--Preservation; Land use, Rural.; Livestock.; Rural children; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:24:04 - Woodland on the farm

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Partial Transcript: Um, were there, at that time, were there woods that were either part of that hundred acres--

Segment Synopsis: McConathy talks about the woodland on his father's farm and the woodlands adjacent to his father's farm. McConathy describes the various species of trees and the making of maple syrup.

Keywords: Bluegrass; Forests; Hickory nuts; Hickory trees; Horse farms; Horses; Locust trees; Logging; Maple syrup; Sugar maple trees; Walnut trees; Wild cherry trees; Woods

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Families.; Family farms.; Farm life.; Land use, Rural.; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:30:00 - Hunting

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Partial Transcript: Okay, well what, what were the things that, that you remember enjoying doing when you were a young person on that farm?

Segment Synopsis: McConathy recalls hunting experiences with his father in his youth.

Keywords: Hunts; Opossums; Possums; Rabbits; Raccoons; Shotguns; Small game; Squirrels

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Families.; Family farms.; Farm life.; Hunting; Land use, Rural.; Recreation; Rural children; Rural conditions

00:33:20 - Interesting sights in the forest

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Partial Transcript: When you, when you would go in the forest, what, what do you--even though it was not a very large forest, what do you remember seeing there?

Segment Synopsis: McConathy describes memorable things he has seen in the natural world.

Keywords: Birds; Butterflies; Creeks; Insects; Jack o' lanterns; Red-headed woodpeckers; Springs; Water; Yellowhammers

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Families.; Family farms.; Farm life.; Land use, Rural.; Rural children; Rural conditions; Woodford County (Ky.)

00:37:14 - 1920s landscape of Tates Creek Road, Fayette County, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Okay, now, um, from where you lived, if you, um--how would you have gotten into town in the twenties?

Segment Synopsis: McConathy describes the landscape of Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Kentucky in the nineteen-twenties. He paints a rich picture of forests and farms.

Keywords: 1917; 1920s; Blacksmiths; Buggies; Cities; City; Cornfields; Dairy farms; Ducks; Euclid Avenue, Lexington (Ky.); Ford Model T; Hickory trees; Horses; Hunting; Real estate development; Roads; Schoolhouses; Settlements; Snow; Towns; Trees; Winter; Woods

Subjects: Childhood; Country life; Family farms.; Farm life.; Fayette County (Ky.); Land use, Rural.; Lexington (Ky.); Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:50:38 - History and railroad watches

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Partial Transcript: Um, downtown Lexington, you're, you're down there now, you've gotten to Euclid Avenue.

Segment Synopsis: McConathy speaks about historical photographs and railroad watches.

Keywords: Downtowns; Euclid Avenue, Lexington (Ky.); History; History books; Main springs; Photographs; Photography; Railroad watches; Timepieces; Town Branch, Lexington (Ky.)

Subjects: Fayette County (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.)

00:53:21 - Landscape changes in Lexington, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Um, do you want to--before we close, do you want to comment just a little bit on the changes you have seen in, in Lexington?

Segment Synopsis: McConathy reflects on the changes in Lexington, Kentucky's landscape during the course of his life.

Keywords: 1920s; 2000s; Automobiles; Childhood; Downtowns; Georgetown (Ky.); Land; Landscape; Landscape changes; Memory; Movie theaters; Nicholasville (Ky.); Paris (Ky.); Shopping; Street cars; Woods

Subjects: Fayette County (Ky.); Lexington (Ky.)