Interview with Vincent J. Mongiardo, June 17, 1986

Project: Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Vincent J. "Jimmy" Mongiardo owns and operates Mongiardo's Liquor Store in Bulan, Kentucky. Although never a miner himself, his family operated a grocery store at Bulan, a mining community near Hazard, for many years. Mongiardo talks about his father who came to the United States to work for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad when the railroad began building lines to eastern Kentucky's coal fields. His father found the people in Hazard to be friendly and chose to make it his home. He worked as a stonemason until his death. As a stonemason, his father was frequently hired by coal companies to construct buildings on company property, build driftmouth supports in the mines, and culverts for the companies and the railroad.

Other topics discussed include prejudice against Italian immigrants, the work habits of immigrants in Hazard, and Mongiardo's business activities.

Interview Accession

1986oh195_app062

Interviewee Name

Vincent J. Mongiardo

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-06-17

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Mongiardo, Vincent J. Interview by Doug Cantrell. 17 Jun. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Mongiardo, V.J. (1986, June 17). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Mongiardo, Vincent J., interview by Doug Cantrell. June 17, 1986, Appalachia: Immigrants in the Coal Fields Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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