Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Charlotte Morgan, June 11, 2016

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Family, land, and jobs

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Segment Synopsis: Charlotte Morgan tells about being born at the Redbird Hospital, moving around, then growing up in Dayton, Ohio. Morgan tells about her family homeplace land where she now lives. She describes working as a bartender and home health aide in Dayton. She tells about her daughter and grandkids. She moved back to a small trailer on her family land around 2006 where she has raised her grandson, Joseph, since he was one year old. Morgan likes living in the country a lot more than the city and enjoys the quiet and privacy and having land to grow things.

Keywords: Children; Gardening; Grandchildren; Jobs; Migration; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Agriculture.; Country life; Dayton (Ohio); Employment; Families.; Family farms.; Rural conditions

00:11:09 - Issues and opportunities on Stinking Creek

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Partial Transcript: What do you, what do you think are some of the biggest issues on the Creek?

Segment Synopsis: Morgan discusses issues on the Creek, including drugs. She talks about making ends meet and that she would like to own her own business someday.

Keywords: Drug use; Drugs; Finances; Rural changes; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Communities.; Country life; Drug abuse; Rural conditions

00:20:27 - Grandparents and gardening

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Partial Transcript: So how long have you been, uh, gardening?

Segment Synopsis: Morgan discusses growing gardens and remembers her grandparents' gardens. They grew crops all the way up the mountain. She remembers how her grandmother canned and her grandfather slaughtered hogs and cows. Her grandparents had electricity but she only recently got water service on the property. She talks about the back roads and says her grandfather worked in the coal mines.

Keywords: Coal mining; Gardening; Grandfathers; Grandmothers; Hogs; Home food preservation; Rural electrification; Stinking Creek (Ky.); Water sources

Subjects: Agriculture.; Canning and preserving; Country life; Families.; Family farms.; Farm life.; Food--Preservation--Kentucky; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:27:21 - Grandparents and the homeplace

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Partial Transcript: Now what were your grandparents' names?

Segment Synopsis: Morgan talks further about her maternal grandparents. She tells that her mother was one of 10 children. She explains that they bought food mostly at the store when living in Dayton, Ohio. She thinks her grandparents saved seeds and she remembers a flat field up the mountain where they grew corn.

Keywords: Dayton (Ohio); Gardening; Grandfathers; Grandmothers; Stinking Creek (Ky.); Subsistence agriculture

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

00:35:02 - Stereotypes--Stinking Creek book, reputation, poverty, and work

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about, um--well people say--there's kind of a lot of stereotypes in especially this part of the county.

Segment Synopsis: Morgan discusses the reputation of the community and the Stinking Creek book. Her uncle Ed Sizemore was featured in the book. She says that although she was raised in Ohio this area is her home. She tells of when she was pulled over and the police officer saw that her address was Stinking Creek. She does not think the area has a bad reputation. She says Knox County is one of the poorest counties. She gives her opinions about the community, poverty, and how many people are too lazy to work. She thinks women work more than men.

Keywords: Appalachia; Knox County (Ky.); Poor; Stinking Creek (Ky.); Working

Subjects: Communities.; Country life; Employment--Kentucky; Poverty; Rural conditions; Stereotypes (Social psychology); Women--Employment.

00:42:05 - Growing, cooking, and changing agriculture

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Partial Transcript: So growing your garden here, you said you had been putting out a garden--

Segment Synopsis: Morgan describes what she has put out in her garden and what foods she likes to grow. She's afraid to grow potatoes because the last time she did it attracted a lot of bees. She describes all the things she likes to cook. Morgan remembers how people used to raise big gardens because they had so many kids. She doesn't want to see gardens dying out and she would like to get some chickens and hogs. She has seen a bear, elk, and deer on her property.

Keywords: Agricultural changes; Animals; Gardening; Rural changes; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Agriculture.; Country life; Family farms.; Farm life.; Food habits; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

00:55:14 - Lend-A-Hand Center, Grow Appalachia gardening program, and Center possibilities

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Partial Transcript: So what about--what is, uh--tell me about your experience with the garden program. What's it been like?

Segment Synopsis: Morgan discusses the Grow Appalachia gardening program through the Lend-A-Hand Center. She enjoys the other people in the program and going to meetings and learning about gardening. She wasn't very involved with Lend-A-Hand before the garden program. Peggy delivered one of her cousins. She says that the Center has helped a lot of people in the community and she doesn't want to see it go downhill. She would like to see the Center have kids programs, garden programs, and medical services. She discusses the Dewitt summer program. She would like to see more activities with the garden program and to just have fun during meetings.

Keywords: Community gardens; Gardening; Grow Appalachia; Lend-A-Hand Center; Peggy Kemner; Recreation; Rural children; Rural health services; Stinking Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Agriculture.; Communities.; Community development; Community organization.; Community-based family services.; Community-based social services.; Country life; Farm life.; Rural conditions; Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

01:07:47 - Daniel Boone Festival Parade, Knox County Farmers' Market, and the Lend-A-Hand Center

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Partial Transcript: What about, um, what'd you think about the Daniel Boone Festival and stuff?

Segment Synopsis: Morgan says she enjoyed participating in the Daniel Boone Festival in Barbourville, making a float, and being in the parade. She discusses the Knox County Farmers' Market. She discusses the Appalachia Service Program coming and doing work on her home. She tells that her family land is her pride and joy and she hopes her grandson will carry on the tradition. She tells of how she hopes the Lend-A-Hand Center will continue on.

Keywords: Barbourville (Ky.); Daniel Boone Festival; Gardening; Knox County Farmers' Market; Lend-A-Hand Center; Stinking Creek (Ky.); Subsistence farming; Traditional farming

Subjects: Agriculture.; Communities.; Community development; Community organization.; Country life; Families.; Land use, Rural.; Rural conditions