Interview with Charles E. Barnhart, August 20, 1996

Project: Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project

Interview Summary

University of Kentucky professor, Charles Barnhart describes his early life. He was born in Windsor, Illinois. His mother's family was from Gallatin County, Kentucky, but moved to Illinois where they acquired 160 acres outside of Windsor. He describes his father's automobile business, which failed after his partner absconded with money from the business during the height of the Depression. The Barnharts were then forced to move to the family farm outside of Windsor.

Barnhart describes the one-room school he attended while living on the farm. He remembers this more primitive life with no electricity, running water, or plumbing. Barnhart emphasizes the relationship between life on the farm and nature. He states that he feels that this connection to land and nature is being lost in today's society. Barnhart discusses the changes in agriculture over the years, remembering how people came together in the community for certain projects. He also notes the changes in machinery and the increasing capitalization of agriculture. He mentions the dangers of farming and the necessity for farm safety education.

In 1936, Barnhart's family moved to Greenfield, Indiana, and his father went to work for the Kraft Cheese Company. Barnhart states that the family went through a series of properties in Greenfield and Wilkinson, Indiana. Barnhart recalls his 4-H experience in Indiana and mentions that there was a Future Farmers of America (FFA) program in Greenfield. Barnhart discusses his father's interest in politics, and mentions that his father was a Republican. He also describes his high school days.

Interview Accession

1996oh135_af557

Interviewee Name

Charles E. Barnhart

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1996-08-20

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Barnhart, Charles E. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 20 Aug. 1996. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barnhart, C.E. (1996, August 20). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barnhart, Charles E., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. August 20, 1996, Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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