Interview with Elmer Whitaker, February 18, 1989

Project: Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Elmer Whitaker operated a coal mine in Perry County, Kentucky. Both his father and grandfather were coal miners. Whitaker recalls growing up in a coal mining town in Perry County and going to school at Cornettsville and later at Viper High School. He graduated from high school just after the end of World War Two when he was sixteen. He went to work for the old Diamond Block mine operated by Mr. Rowell and Mr. M.K. Evelyn. His first job consisted of loading coal with a shovel, and he describes the safety processes in the mines when he starting working.

Whitaker and his father soon bought interest in a coal mine in Wooten in Leslie County, Kentucky. He describes working with his father in this mine for as many as seventeen hours a day. Whitaker recalls the evolution in safety procedures in the mines throughout the years and mentions state and federal safety inspectors. He also describes the mechanization of the mines.

Interview Accession

1989oh199_app240

Interviewee Name

Elmer Whitaker

Interviewer Name

Henry C. Mayer

Interview Date

1989-02-18

Interview Keyword

Coal Operators

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Whitaker, Elmer Interview by Henry C. Mayer. 18 Feb. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Whitaker, E. (1989, February 18). Interview by H. C. Mayer. Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Whitaker, Elmer, interview by Henry C. Mayer. February 18, 1989, Appalachia: Coal Operators Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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