Interview with Robert Lee Lootens, July 22, 1986

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

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Interview Summary

Robert Lootens talks extensively about the experiences of his father, a Belgian immigrant, in eastern Kentucky. The elder Lootens first immigrated to Canada where he worked on various farms and ranches before buying a moderately large farm in the State of Washington. Later, he sold his farm and moved to Perry County, Kentucky, where he worked in various coal mines from the 1910s to the 1930s. During the Great Depression he made homebrew that he sold to support his family until he was arrested. The elder Lootens was given probation by the judge and Lootens never made homebrew again.

Although he did not feel discriminated against, the elder Lootens was embarrassed by his inability to speak English well.

Interview Accession

1986oh261_app072

Interviewee Name

Robert Lee Lootens

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-07-22

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Lootens, Robert Lee Interview by Doug Cantrell. 22 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lootens, R.L. (1986, July 22). 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.

Lootens, Robert Lee, interview by Doug Cantrell. July 22, 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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