Interview with Gussie F. Johnston, October 24, 1988

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

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Interview Summary

This is a second interview with Gussie Johnston who moved to McRoberts, Kentucky in 1923 when she was twelve years old. Her father was a fire boss in the mines and he supplemented his income by painting, wallpapering, and keeping a large garden and hogs. Mrs. Johnston describes the class structure of the camp, beginning with the superintendent, John F. Daniel, and going down through the hierarchy of the mine foremen, the maintenance superintendent, the managers of shops and stores, and the coal loaders. She reports that coal loaders were ranked by productivity, not by seniority. She remembers the lynching of a black man who allegedly killed the sheriff in the early 1920s. She also states that her mother belonged to the missionary society and that people would often come to her father for advice.

Interview Accession

1988oh177_app174

Interviewee Name

Gussie F. Johnston

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-10-24

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Johnston, Gussie F. Interview by Glenna Graves. 24 Oct. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Johnston, G.F. (1988, October 24). 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.

Johnston, Gussie F., interview by Glenna Graves. October 24, 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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