Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Daniel Stephens, December 8, 2006

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: Okay. This is Dale Johnson.

Segment Synopsis: Stephens talks about when and where he was born. He then talks about his childhood, including the home he grew up in and what he did for recreation. Stephens then talks about the septic system and trash disposal system that his family used.

Keywords: Aunts; Fathers; Plumbing, indoor; Public works; Schools; Septic systems; Sewers; Trash; Uncles; Water; Wells

Subjects: Childhood; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Houses and homes; Plumbing; Prestonsburg (Ky.); Public works; Recreation; Schools; Septic tanks; Sewerage; Waste disposal

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:07:50 - Growing up in Eastern Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Did you make any toys to play with?

Segment Synopsis: Stephens talks about his childhood in Eastern Kentucky, which included making homemade toys and cutting down his own Christmas tree. He then talks about swimming and pollution related to coal mining. Stephens also talks in greater detail about his family, as well as his education. Stephens talks about his family’s move to Ohio, which he describes as “lonesome.”

Keywords: Archer, John; Bathing; Books; Brothers; Checkers; Chores; Christmas trees; Coal mining; Discipline; Fishing; Floyd County Times; Grandmothers; Grocery stores; Hills; Hunting; Jewelry; K.D. Friend Elementary School; Lexington Herald Leader; Newspapers; Ohio; Paper; Prestonsburg College; Prestonsburg Elementary School; Prestonsburg High School; Pruitt, Thelma; Punishments; Rafferty, Clarence; Shops; Sisters; Stephens, Frank; Stephens, Roy; Stephens, William; Stores; Stoves; Swimming; Television; The Gold Bug (Book); The Howdy Doody Show (Television program); Toys; Water pollution; Wells; Writing

Subjects: Childhood; Coal mines and mining; Education; Environmentalism--History.; Environmentalism--United States--History.; Environmentalism--United States.; Environmentalism.; Environmentalists.; Games; Prestonsburg (Ky.); Recreation; Water--Pollution.

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:20:37 - Illness and injuries

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Partial Transcript: What was the, uh, most major stuff of your health? My sister's had heart surgery five or six times.

Segment Synopsis: Stephens talks about his heart trouble and his refusal to undergo surgery for the issue. He then talks about breaking his arm on a swing as a child, as well as being run over by a car, which broke his leg in two places.

Keywords: Broken bones; Cars; Heart attacks; Illness; Injuries; Sisters

Subjects: Bones.; Casts.; Heart--Abnormalities.; Heart.; Surgery; Swings

GPS: Prestonsburg (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.6657, -82.7715
00:22:30 - Adult life

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Partial Transcript: Were you ever married?

Segment Synopsis: Stephens discusses his marriage to Nola Little and his stepson, Charles Little. He then talks about his favorite foods, including steak and pork chops.

Keywords: Aunts; Car accidents; Church; Food; Little, Charles; Little, Nola; Mattresses; Pork chops; Steaks; Wife

Subjects: Children; Churches; Marriage; Wives

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