Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Randall Kidd, January 21, 2007

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Growing up in a mining community

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Partial Transcript: Now it oughta be a-tapin'.

Segment Synopsis: Kidd talks about his early life growing up, about how his family worked in coal mines, and about how his father ended up opening a store.

Keywords: Creeks; Fishes; Hunting; Store owners; Trains

Subjects: Childhood; Coal; Coal miners; Coal mines and mining; Employment--Kentucky; Logging; McCreary County (Ky.); Railroads; Stearns (Ky.)

GPS: Stearns (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.698056, -84.476667
00:09:54 - Family stores

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Partial Transcript: What made you want to go into the business for the store?

Segment Synopsis: Kidd talks about his reasons for running a store, as well as the different family stores he has worked in or run over the years.

Keywords: Family businesses; Store owners; Stores

Subjects: Employment--Kentucky; Family-owned business enterprises.; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership

00:12:51 - Comparison of the economy between childhood and now

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Partial Transcript: Uh, uh, we was curious, like what s--what was the school that you went to?

Segment Synopsis: Kidd discusses some of the social and economic differences between his life now and his life growing up.

Keywords: Schools; Scrip; Stearns (Ky.); Stores

Subjects: McCreary County (Ky.)--Economic conditions; McCreary County (Ky.)--Social conditions; McCreary County (Ky.)--Social life and customs; Stearns Company. (McCreary County, Ky.)

00:17:52 - Food production, hunting, and power sources

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Partial Transcript: When did the huntin' and fishin' license start going on?

Segment Synopsis: Kidd discusses some of the ways his family and the people in his community produced food, created energy, and went hunting when he was growing up.

Keywords: Animals; Carbide; Churning; Fishing; Hunting; Licenses; Rifles

Subjects: Coal; Coal miners; Gardening; Hunting

00:24:38 - Coal mines and company stores

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Partial Transcript: Alright, now you know you got the cash registers are like electric. Was the old ones like that too or were they--

Segment Synopsis: Kidd talks more about store business and discusses some the mining and logging communities that used the stores he ran.

Keywords: Electric; Family businesses; Mines; Store owners; Stores

Subjects: Coal; Coal miners; Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Company stores; Employment--Kentucky; Family-owned business enterprises.; Logging; Railroads; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership