Interview with Betty Cornett, December 28, 2016

Project: Stinking Creek Stories Oral History Project

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Betty Cornett discusses growing up in Dewitt, Kentucky, at Mill Branch. She was one of 11 children and her family did not have electricity nor running water. Her father was injured in the coal mines and also logged. They farmed, sharecropped, and sold produce in Pineville. Betty tells of going to school and marrying David Cornett after high school. She tells of the different occupations they have had and buying the historic farm at McNeil?s Crossing where they have re-enactments and living history demonstrations. Betty remembers the different produce and livestock they had growing up, plowing with a mule, canning, cooking, sewing, digging for roots, and hunting small game. Betty tells of how agriculture has changed and talks about the Grow Appalachia program and Knox County Farmers? Market. Betty tells about Peggy Kemner, Irma Gall, Karen Johnson, and her experiences with the Lend-A-Hand Center. Betty talks about what it was like to grow up on Stinking Creek, the community?s reputation, issues in the community, the Stinking Creek book, and the future of the community.

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2017oh004_scs021

Interviewee Name

Betty Cornett

Interviewer Name

Kathryn Engle

Interview Date

2016-12-28

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Cornett, Betty Interview by Kathryn Engle. 28 Dec. 2016. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cornett, B. (2016, December 28). Interview by K. Engle. Stinking Creek Stories Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cornett, Betty, interview by Kathryn Engle. December 28, 2016, Stinking Creek Stories Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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