Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Dorothy Osborn, December 8, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: Okay. This is Dale Johnson.

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about her childhood as the daughter of a coal miner in Wayland (Ky.). She then describes her home in a coal camp and the recreational activities in which she participated. Osborn then talks about drawing water from a well and her family’s disposal of waste.

Keywords: Burning; Coal mining; Dolls; Games; Hopscotch; Kick the can; Outhouses; Prestonsburg Health Care Center; Recreation; Sears, Roebuck, and Company; Septic systems; Sewers; Toilet paper; Trash; Water; Wells; Wood

Subjects: Coal mines and mining; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Houses and homes; Prestonsburg (Ky.); Recreation; Septic tanks; Sewerage; Waste disposal; Wayland (Ky.)

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:06:05 - Environmentalism and recycling

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Partial Transcript: Come on, Megan. Are you aware of PRIDE programs for a cleaner environment?

Segment Synopsis: Osborn gives suggestions for making the environment cleaner and safer. She then talks about recycling materials, such as making quilts out of old clothes.

Keywords: Aluminum foil; Cigarettes; Eastern Kentucky Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Environment; Garbage collection; Logs; Quilts; Trash collection; Woods

Subjects: Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Recycling programs; Waste disposal; Water

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:08:35 - Amenities available in the home

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Partial Transcript: Um--(coughs)--um--(coughs)--

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about the amenities that were available--and not available--in her childhood home. She also talks about swimming in the creek and bathing in water that was carried from a well. Osborn then talks about her family’s eating habits, as well as the toys with which she played.

Keywords: Aluminum pans; Bathing; Baths; Beds; Brothers; Dolls; Eating; Fast food restaurants; Food; Games; Lamps, coal oil; Santa Claus; Springs; Stores; Swimming; Toys; Wrapping paper

Subjects: Electricity; Food habits; Games; Radio; Recreation; Television

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:14:40 - Growing up in Eastern Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Does your county have a recycling program?

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about her county’s recycling program, as well as the stories that she told as a child. She then talks about the stores available in her town. Osborn also discusses her education.

Keywords: Books; Clothes; Fabric; Friends; Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Book); Maytown (Ky.); Recycling; Schools; Sewing; Stores; Stories

Subjects: Education; Prestonsburg (Ky.); Recycling programs; Wayland (Ky.)

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:19:09 - Adulthood

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Partial Transcript: Did you used to have a job?

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about her career working for a home builder, and, after retirement, Legal Aid. She then talks about her marriage and children.

Keywords: Architecture; Cars; Children; College; Construction; Daughters; Edgar Osborn; Home builders; Jobs; Lawyers; Legal Aid; Marriage; Occupations; Osborn, Edgar; Sons

Subjects: Children; Employment--Kentucky; Marriage; Prestonsburg (Ky.)

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:22:41 - Christmas

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Partial Transcript: Whenever you was, when you was little, did you have a Christmas tree?

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about her Christmas memories, including cutting an evergreen down in the forest with an axe.

Keywords: Christmas trees; Family; Ornaments; Woods

Subjects: Brothers; Christmas; Families

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:24:11 - Foods

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever grow a garden to get your food?

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about her family’s gardens, as well as their eating habits.

Keywords: Beans; Cars; Coal mining; Corn; Meals; Mothers; Potatoes; Tomatoes; Vegetables; Wayland (Ky.)

Subjects: Coal mines and mining; Food; Food habits; Gardens

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:27:48 - Fishing

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Partial Transcript: Did she tell you about her children?

Segment Synopsis: Osborn talks about taking care of her children, as well as not having a camera until she was married. She talks about playing in her parents' yard. She then talks about fishing in the creek in Wayland (Ky.).

Keywords: Cameras; Cane; Creeks; Doctors; Fishing poles; Illness; Play; Yards

Subjects: Brothers; Children; Fathers; Fishing; Physicians; Vacations

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715