Interview with Ruth E. Wells Handy, November 19, 1988

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

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Ruth Handy's father did not have a regular job because he only had one leg. He was a magistrate for a while and had weighed coal for the mining company at one time, but he spent most of his time farming. Handy was born in 1923 in Webb Hollow near Van Lear, Kentucky. She describes her schooling and explains that her sister was one of her teachers. She graduated from high school and completed two years of education at a business college in Ashland, and then went to Cincinnati to work in a B-17 bomber aircraft factory during World War Two. Handy describes how her father took care of the farm with only one leg. Her father also taught the children how to read music and sing, and she remembers listening to the radio.

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1988oh192_app189

Interviewee Name

Ruth E. Wells Handy

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-11-19

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Handy, Ruth E. Wells Interview by Glenna Graves. 19 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Handy, R.E. (1988, November 19). 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.

Handy, Ruth E. Wells, interview by Glenna Graves. November 19, 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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