Interview with Burdette Kretzer, Jr., October 8, 1988

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

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Interview Summary

B.B. Kretzer was born in 1925 in Van Lear, Kentucky. His mother, Bertha Kretzer, was also interviewed for this project (1988oh184_app181). His father was a mine foreman. He remembers a mine explosion which killed five miners in 1935. Two of his uncles died in the explosion. Kretzer talks about his mother-in-law, who he describes as a "high-strung" woman he admired. She took in washing, did the washing for the boarding house, and managed the miners' burial fund. He states that his own mother was a "humble person" who put her family first and herself last. Kretzer talks at length about race relations in Van Lear. He remembers that the school superintendent, Verne P. Horne, tutored a black child in his office. He describes buying tickets for a church supper at the African American church. He and his sister were the only white people there. He does not recall any interracial dating, but he does describe an incident where the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross to threaten a man who talked against John L. Lewis. Kretzer also states that switches were left on a man's porch as a threat because he did not take care of his property.

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1988oh160_app159

Interviewee Name

Burdette Kretzer, Jr.

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-10-08

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Kretzer, Burdette, Jr. Interview by Glenna Graves. 08 Oct. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kretzer, B., Jr. (1988, October 08). 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.

Kretzer, Burdette, Jr., interview by Glenna Graves. October 08, 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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