Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Georgia Miller Martin, January 12, 1991

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

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Partial Transcript: Today is Saturday January the twelfth, 1991. I am Jean Becker, a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Kentucky and this is an unrehearsed interview with Georgia Martin, also a member of Second Presbyterian Church.

Segment Synopsis: Georgia Martin is introduced. She talks about her childhood in Johnson City, Tennessee. She talks about her father's work as a farmer until he had an accident, and talks about the boarding house her family operated. She talks about her education in Tennessee.

Keywords: Accidents; Boarders; Boarding houses; Bulls; College; Dr. Webb; Farmers; Fathers; Grandparents; Johnson City (Tenn.); Mothers; Science Hill High School; Sisters; Southside Elementary School; Tilford (Tenn.)

Subjects: Childhood; Education; Families.; Public schools.

GPS: Johnson City (Tenn.)
Map Coordinates: 36.333333, -82.366667
00:05:49 - Husband's experiences during World War II

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Partial Transcript: Tell me when and how you met--(Martin coughs)--husband, Tom.

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about how she met her husband, Tom. She talks about his service during World War II, first with the Army then the Air Force. She talks about his involvement with the Army band, his experiences in England and Germany, and their wedding after his return to the United States.

Keywords: Army band; B-17; Bombardiers; Chattanooga (Tenn.); Discharged; East Tennessee State University; Germany; Honeymoon; Husbands; Ipswich (England); Lexington (Ky.); Married; Military draft; Military training; Missions; Overseas; Rationing board; San Antonio (Tex.); Saxophone; Sisters; Teaching; Tires; Tom Martin; WWII; Wedding; World War II

Subjects: Marriage; United States. Army Air Forces; United States. Army.; World War, 1939-1945.

GPS: Ipswich (England)
Map Coordinates: 52.059444, 1.155556
00:14:46 - Moving to Lexington, Kentucky and joining the Second Presbyterian Church Kouples Klub

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Partial Transcript: Well when did you come to Lexington to live permanently?

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about moving to Lexington with her husband and discusses why they joined Second Presbyterian Church. She talks about how they became involved with Kouples Klub at the church and discusses the purpose of the group. She talks about the church bowling league, and about working in the nursery.

Keywords: Bowling leagues; Catholics; Children; Church life; College majors; Dana Card; Elders; Engineering; Executive board; Friends; Helen Card; Helen Garrigus; Jews; John Howard King; Joining; Kouples Klub; Leadership; Newcomers; Nursery; Protestants; Responsibilities; Reverend Dr. Jesse Herrmann; Social life; Tom Martin; Trustees

Subjects: Church committees.; Church membership; Churches--Kentucky; Lexington (Ky.).; Presbyterian Church--Membership; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Team bowling; University of Kentucky

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
00:23:44 - Forum / husband's career

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Partial Transcript: Was Forum a part of Kouples Klub?

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about the Forum group at Second Presbyterian and discusses some of the members. She talks about her husband's career as an engineer after his graduation from the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Allison family; Engineers; Forum group; Garrigus family; Graduation; Junior partners; Kouples Klub; Meetings; Sunday school; Tom Martin; Working

Subjects: Church committees.; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Engineering; Presbyterian Church--Kentucky; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
00:26:44 - Husband's role in the church

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Partial Transcript: Through the years you all were not only active in, um, Kouples Klub but many other things so you might like to mention some of the things Tom and you did at church.

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about some of the positions her husband Tom held at Second Presbyterian Church, including his membership on the Trustees and Session, ushering, and his role in the construction of the Educational Building.

Keywords: Al Herman; Architects; Communion cloth; Creighton Wilcox; Education building; Educational building; Handyman; Jim Angell; Neil Plummer; Reverend Dr. James W. Angell; Session; Tom Martin; Trustees; Ushering

Subjects: Church buildings--Kentucky.; Church committees.; Church work; Construction; Presbyterian church buildings; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
00:30:22 - Her role in the church

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Partial Transcript: And what all, um, offices in the church have you held?

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about her own role in the church, including her membership on the Trustees, and her position as Session clerk. She talks about other members of the groups.

Keywords: Business managers; Clerk; Dana Card; Horlacher; Ruth Matthews; Session; Trustees

Subjects: Church committees.; Church work; Presbyterian Church--Kentucky; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Volunteers; Women church officers

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
00:33:04 - Boy Scouts

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Partial Transcript: Another thing, um, that Tom was involved in, and I know through, um, our children being in scouts, he was scoutmaster of Troop 14 for...

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about her family's involvement with the scouting program at Second Presbyterian Church. She talks about her husband's role as scoutmaster and discusses some of the activities the troop participated in.

Keywords: Camp Burnside; Camping trips; Decline of scouting; God and Country Award; Hikes; Leadership; Projects; Scoutmasters; Tom Martin; Tommy Martin, Jr. Distance; Troop 14

Subjects: Boy Scouts; Children--Kentucky; Church group work with children; Eagle Scouts; Scouting (Youth activity); Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
00:36:23 - Chrismon tree

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Partial Transcript: I don't remember the year, I'm sure you do, when, um, you started work on the Chrismons for the beautiful Chrismon tree which we still have during Advent and Christmas.

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about how the idea for the Chrismon tree first began and discusses her role in creating a Chrismon tree at Second Presbyterian Church. She discusses how the decorations were made and talks about some of the volunteers who made them.

Keywords: "Christ monogram"; Chrismon ornaments; Chrismon tree; Christmas cards; Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Decorations; First Presbyterian Church; Florida; Holidays; Jesus Christ; Symbols; Workshops

Subjects: Crafts & decorating; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Volunteers

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
00:46:41 - Community involvement

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Partial Transcript: I know, um, not only at church but a lot of things in the community that you and Tom have been involved in that maybe you'd like to mention.

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about some of the other community organizations she and her husband were involved in. She talks about his interest in playing music and how he became involved with two bands, "The Moonlighters" and "Men of Note."

Keywords: "Men of Note"; "Moonlighters"; Boy Scouts; Burley Kiwanis Club; Chapter J; Chapter R; Children; Community; Dance bands; Fundraising; Leadership; Membership; Music; Musicians; Officers; Parent Teacher Association (PTA); Performances; Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO); State president; Weather

Subjects: Boy Scouts; Church work; Community life; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.); Volunteers

00:55:18 - Children and grandchildren

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Partial Transcript: I think, um, we need to catch up on your children. What's going on with them.

Segment Synopsis: Martin discusses her children's careers, her grandchildren, and her family's continued involvement in the church.

Keywords: Careers; Carol Martin; Children; Church involvement; Deacons committee; Grandchildren; Janet Martin Snapp; Jobs; John Snapp; Lakeland (Fla.); Pulpit seeking committee; Scouting; Teaching; Tommy Martin, Jr.; Youth

Subjects: Boy Scouts; Children.; Church committees.; Church membership; Church work; Families.; Family life; Presbyterian Church--Membership

00:59:22 - Updates to the church

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Partial Transcript: When Tom died of a heart attack in June of 1983, many friends gave, uh, memorial money which was used to buy a credenza for the minister's office and the balance was used for pew cushions in the sanctuary.

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about her husband's memorial funds which provided updates to the church. She talks about the discussion over installing an air conditioner at the church.

Keywords: Air conditioning; Church involvement; Credenzas; Death; Dining room; Greeters; Pews; Sanctuary; Summer Sunday School; Tom Martin

Subjects: Church buildings--Kentucky.; Church maintenance and repair; Construction; Memorials.

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626
01:04:04 - Plans and dreams for the future of the church

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Partial Transcript: Some of the dreams that former members have had for our church still could be dreams if--they maybe ought not to be forgotten.

Segment Synopsis: Martin talks about some of the programs the church runs or supports in the community. She talks about her hopes for the future of the church, specifically regarding the involvement of the youth. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Director of Christian Education; Downtown Lexington; Generations; Innovation; Meals on Wheels; Parish nurses; Social life; Time; Youth ministers; Youth programs

Subjects: Children.; Community life; Families.; Family life; Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)

GPS: Second Presbyterian Church (Lexington, Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.039723, -84.490626