Interview with Mae Frazier, December 8, 1988

Project: Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project

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Mae Frazier was born in 1912 in what is now Hot Spot, Kentucky in Letcher County. Former names for the town include Dalna and Elsiecoal. She remembers that her father leased a team of mules to the coal company. Her father died when she was eight and her mother never remarried. Instead, her mother supported the family through their farm. They raised sheep and made their cloth and clothes from the wool. Frazier talks about the isolation on the farm and the importance of the coal company opening up the mines. She talks about difficulties during the Depression. She was teaching at this time and only making $48.10 a month. She states that she felt paralyzed about being unable to make more money for the family. She later became a nurse, and in 1944 she and her mother moved to Lexington.

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1988oh253_app200

Interviewee Name

Mae Frazier

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-12-08

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Frazier, Mae Interview by Glenna Graves. 08 Dec. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Frazier, M. (1988, December 08). Interview by G. Graves. Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Frazier, Mae, interview by Glenna Graves. December 08, 1988, Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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