Interview with Opal Richmond, October 15, 1988

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

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Opal Richmond was born in 1916 in Martin County. Her family moved to Van Lear where she attended school. She worked in the company store from 1936 until 1949, first as a clerk, then in the scrip office. She explains how the scrip system operated and states that it was clearly not a system of credit. It seems that a person could only draw out as much scrip as he had already earned. Richmond states that many times she was in the uncomfortable position of having to give a miner all the scrip due to him, knowing that he would drink or gamble it away and his wife and family would suffer. Richmond remembers that her salary was $1.04 an hour when she quit her job in 1949.

Interview Accession

1988oh169_app166

Interviewee Name

Opal Richmond

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-10-15

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Richmond, Opal Interview by Glenna Graves. 15 Oct. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Richmond, O. (1988, October 15). 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.

Richmond, Opal, interview by Glenna Graves. October 15, 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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