Interview with Ruth G. Kiser, July 21, 1988

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

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Ruth Kiser was born in the town of Quicksand in Breathitt County, Kentucky in 1922. In 1930, her family moved to Millstone, Kentucky at the Southeast Coal Company coal camp. She remembers a very strict mining community led by the superintendent of Millstone. She describes the superintendent's family, and a strict class division as the superintendent's children did not play with the other children in town. She states that life became much better when Henry LaViers took over the mine.

Kiser discusses the Great Depression and recalls that her father worked for $3 a day but only one or two days a week. She recalls what the children did for fun at Millstone, and describes the school she attended. Her mother worked in the school lunchroom that was funded by the government. Kiser also remembers visits by the state health department.

Kiser recalls when a church was began in Millstone and the many changes that the town underwent throughout the years. She also describes the company doctor and the unionization of the mines. Ruth Kiser and her husband left Millstone in 1981 to be closer to their children.

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1988oh133_app151

Interviewee Name

Ruth G. Kiser

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-07-21

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Kiser, Ruth G. Interview by Glenna Graves. 21 Jul. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kiser, R.G. (1988, July 21). 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.

Kiser, Ruth G., interview by Glenna Graves. July 21, 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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