Interview with J.W. Reynolds, April 11, 2017

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Background and family history

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Partial Transcript: This is Julia Taylor with the Scott County Public Library.

Segment Synopsis: J. W. Reynolds is introduced. He talks about his life in Stamping Ground, including his family's grocery business which began as a feed store. He talks about his family's long history in the area.

Keywords: 1927; 1947; 1951; Birthplace; Children; Family history; Farms; Fathers; Feed stores; Grandfather's; Grocers; Grocery business; Grocery stores; Houses; Land; Married; Mothers; Scott County (Ky.)

Subjects: Business enterprises--Kentucky; Childhood; Employment--Kentucky; Families.; Genealogy; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Stamping Ground (Ky.)

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:03:28 - Taxi business

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Partial Transcript: So you sa--so you took over the store when you got married. Is that correct?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks briefly about his grocery business. He talks about how he became involved in running a taxi business and driving a cab around the Scott County area. He talks about why he quit that business.

Keywords: Cars; Costs; Customers; Driving; Grocers; Grocery business; Grocery stores; Insurance; Married; Taxi cabs; Taxi drivers; Taxis

Subjects: Business enterprises--Kentucky; Employment--Kentucky; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Stamping Ground (Ky.)

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:06:58 - Grocery business / truck driving

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Partial Transcript: So, so you didn't spend too long in the taxi area.

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks more about his family's grocery store and his expansion of the store. He talks about how he became involved in hauling watermelons from Florida. He talks about his wife and children and the clothing store his wife operated.

Keywords: 1953; Barbara Robey Reynolds; Car dealerships; Car lots; Children; Clothing stores; Daughters; Distilleries; Expansion; Fathers; Florida; Grocers; Grocery business; Grocery stores; Hauling; Kids; Lumber; Remodeling; Sons; Stockrooms; Truck drivers; Truckers; Village Boutique; Watermelons; Wife

Subjects: Business enterprises--Kentucky; Employment--Kentucky; Families.; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Stamping Ground (Ky.)

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:12:01 - Bank robbery in Stamping Ground

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Partial Transcript: Um, so I was told I needed to ask you a question about a lottery ticket and a bank robbery. Does that ring any bells?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds tells a story of a bank robbery that occurred in Stamping Ground sometime in the 1930s in which the criminals were caught due to a laundry receipt.

Keywords: 1930s; Bank robbers; Bank tellers; Bank vaults; Caught; Cops; Farmer's Bank; Laundry tickets; Police officers; Running red lights

Subjects: Bank robberies.; Law enforcement; Robbery.; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Stamping Ground (Ky.)--History

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:16:33 - Day of the Stamping Ground tornado

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Partial Transcript: Um, so let's, let's get to the storm.

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about the day of the Stamping Ground tornado. He talks about where his family took shelter, the damage to his home and store, and opening the store to serve people who needed supplies.

Keywords: Awareness; Basements; Cars; Children; Destruction; Electricity; Food; Generators; Grocers; Grocery business; Grocery stores; Houses; In stock; Kentucky Food Store; Motels'; Noises; Pool tables; Power; Radios; Service stations; Shelter; Shopworth; Sons; Sounds; Walking; Windows; Winnebagos

Subjects: Business enterprises--Kentucky; Families.; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:25:45 - Donations and assistance after the tornado

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Partial Transcript: Let's see.

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks more about the damage caused by the tornado and talks about the mayor Shirley Kettenring and her husband George gathering donations to help those in need.

Keywords: Assistance; Burning; Cleanup; Donations; Fundraisers; George Kettenring; Helping; Mayor Shirley Kettenring; Mayors; Money; Neighbors; Rebuilding

Subjects: Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.; Volunteers

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:29:00 - Damage to churches during the tornado

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Partial Transcript: So, um, did you belong--there were a lot of churches that were damaged in this.

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds says that all four churches in Stamping Ground suffered damage from the tornado. He talks about where his church met while rebuilding.

Keywords: Baptist churches; Church services; Clay Watts; Destruction; Donations; Forestry Building; Raymond Tackett

Subjects: Church buildings--Kentucky.; Churches--Kentucky; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:32:15 - Rebuilding after the tornado

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Partial Transcript: Um, now did you have any experiences with the National Guard at all?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about hiring contractors to repair his home and store.

Keywords: Construction; Contractors; Grocers; Grocery business; Grocery stores; Mennonites; National Guard; Rebuilding; Repairs; Roofing

Subjects: Business enterprises--Kentucky; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:36:27 - Tornado's effect on the Stamping Ground community / selling the grocery store

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Partial Transcript: Um, so how do you think this affected Stamping Ground as a community?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds says that the Stamping Ground community was never quite the same after the tornado. He talks about selling his grocery store and losing money when the new owner went bankrupt.

Keywords: Affected; Bankruptcy; Changes; Communities; Effects; Grocers; Grocery business; Grocery stores; Lawyers; Moving; Recovery; Relocating; Selling; Sold

Subjects: Business enterprises--Kentucky; Employment--Kentucky; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Stamping Ground (Ky.); Tornado damage; Tornadoes.

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:39:46 - Stories about Stamping Ground

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Partial Transcript: Now I'm gonna circle back a little bit.

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds tells several stories about Stamping Ground including information about the former distillery, where the town got its name, and several festivals that once occurred in the town.

Keywords: 1949; 1958; Bucket of water; Buffalo; Buffalo Festival; Buffalo Spring (Ky.); Cedar Pike; Cooling; Distilleries; Festivals; Georgetown (Ky.)Fairs; Great Crossings (Ky.); Jesse James; John Y. Brown; Junior March; Long Lick (Ky.); Midway (Ky.); Mothers; Railroads; Summer; Town names; Water; Whiskey; Winter

Subjects: Stamping Ground (Ky.); Stamping Ground (Ky.)--History; Stamping Ground (Ky.)--Social conditions

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:50:22 - First car

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Partial Transcript: Well, are there any other stories you think I should hear?

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about his first three cars, including a Model T he bought for fifteen dollars.

Keywords: 1950; 1951; Buying; Cars; Cedar Pike; Cost; Funerals; Model T Ford; Taxi cabs; Taxis; Traffic; Vehicles

Subjects: Automobiles.; Stamping Ground (Ky.)

GPS: Stamping Ground (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.271667, -84.684444
00:55:33 - Time in the Navy

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Partial Transcript: Um, for, uh, the folks listening w--the third person in the room is his daughter.

Segment Synopsis: Reynolds talks about his time serving in the Navy and being in the immediate vicinity when prisoners escaped from Alcatraz. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: 1950s; Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL); Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary; Boxcars; Company 1132; Escape from Alcatraz; Golden Gate Bridge; Hospitals; Illness; On leave; Penicillin; Prison breaks; Railroads; Trains; Treasure Island; Vickie Reynolds

Subjects: Military Service, Voluntary--United States; San Francisco (Calif.); United States. Navy.

GPS: Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (San Francisco, California)
Map Coordinates: 37.826944, -122.4225