Interview with Betty J. Ward, November 19, 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 Mrs. Betty J. Ward, who was born in 1925 in Columbus, Ohio. She recalls her childhood in Van Lear, Kentucky where her family moved when she was a one-year-old. Ward states that her mother was hot-tempered and would go to the company office and complain when someone else received some extra paint or wallpaper. Ward also talks about class distinctions in the community; for example, she states that only some of the houses in the camp had painted porches. In fact, the miners' houses did not have painted porches. She describes the disorderly atmosphere that she grew up in which included beer parties. She talks about the high housekeeping standards of her grandmother, and her grandmother putting strips of bacon in the sides of the jars as she canned so that when she opened the green beans in the winter they would already be seasoned. Mrs. Ward remembers the role of the church in the community and being "saved." She discusses African Americans, who lived in Van Lear.

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1988oh191_app188

Interviewee Name

Betty J. Ward

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-11-19

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Ward, Betty J. Interview by Glenna Graves. 19 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Ward, B.J. (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.

Ward, Betty J., 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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