Interview with Bessie Funich, Tony Funich, July 21, 1986

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

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Tony Funich, a Yugoslavian immigrant, describes in detail his life in the United States. Funich immigrated alone in 1912 when he was sixteen years old. He worked his way to the United States on a Warline Company steamship, spending three years bringing coal to the ship's firemen. The outbreak of World War One ended his work at Warline. In an effort to find work, he went to Philadelphia where he worked at various low-paying jobs until he heard immigrants talking about mining coal in Lynch, Kentucky. After working with coal on the steamships, he knew he could use a pick and shovel, so he moved to Lynch in 1921 and entered the mines as a hand-loader. He worked in the mines until his retirement in 1958. After his retirement, he was evicted from his company-owned home to make room for a new employee.

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1986oh260_app071

Interviewee Name

Bessie Funich

Tony Funich

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-07-21

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Funich, Bessie Interview by Doug Cantrell. 21 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Funich, B. (1986, July 21). 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.

Funich, Bessie, interview by Doug Cantrell. July 21, 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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