Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Leslie W. Cook, March 17, 2011

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Introduction and early life

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Partial Transcript: Okay, Mr. Cook?

Segment Synopsis: Cook gives a brief description of his early life. His parents moved from North Carolina to Kentucky a couple years before his birth. His family had need of money, so Cook left school in the 8th grade to work on the family farm.

Keywords: Farms; Home-birth; Migration; Rural life; Sawmills; Schools

Subjects: Eubank (Ky.); Family farms; North Carolina.; Older people.; Pulaski County (Ky.)

GPS: Eubank (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.2784, -84.6586
00:03:46 - Being drafted during World War II

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Partial Transcript: So, as the years moved along, then World War Two came.

Segment Synopsis: Cook is drafted into the army during World War II at age 23. He describes his placement during the war.

Keywords: Army; Military; Veterans; WW2; WWII; War; World War 2; World War II

Subjects: Draft.; France.; Germany.; Panama.; World War Two; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans.

00:05:10 - A chance encounter with a friend from war

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Partial Transcript: Did you, did you meet a lot of good friends during that time?

Segment Synopsis: Cook tells a story about how he happened upon a friend he knew from the war at a little rest stop in Tennessee. His friend coming from Indiana and Cook from Kentucky, this made the meeting a very serendipitous coincidence.

Keywords: Reunions; Road trips; Travel; War friends

Subjects: El Paso (Tex.); Indiana.; Memphis (Tenn.); Tennessee.; Texas.

00:07:20 - After the war--Courting and marriage

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Partial Transcript: Um, okay, so after your military, you came home.

Segment Synopsis: Cook describes how he met and dated his wife, Dorothy, for five years (because of the war) and then asked her hand in marriage. They were married for 63 years.

Keywords: Courting; Dating; WW2; WWII; Weddings; World War II

Subjects: Family.; Marriage.; World War Two.; World War, 1939-1945

00:10:01 - Children and grandchildren

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Partial Transcript: Um, and so you and Dorothy had three children?

Segment Synopsis: Cook lists his children and the years they were born, in addition to his grandchildren.

Keywords: Babies; Daughters; Sons

Subjects: Baby boom; Children.; Family.; Grandchildren.

00:11:25 - Work between WWII and retirement

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Partial Transcript: Alright tell me, um, tell me about the work you did...

Segment Synopsis: Cook discusses the work he did between the war and his retirement. He worked on a bus for retired people, in a lumberyard, and as a driver for the undertakers in Somerset. He also worked as a trucker, and his wife often accompanied him on the journeys.

Keywords: Bus drivers; Careers; Jobs; Lumber; Truck drivers; Truckers

Subjects: Lumber-yards.; Retirement.; Somerset (Ky.); Trucking.; Undertakers and undertaking.

GPS: Somerset (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.0920, -84.6041