Interview with Juanita Dixon Worster, December 10, 1988

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

  • Description
  • Play Interview
  • Rights & Request
  • Citation

Interview Summary

Juanita Worster was born in 1919 in Van Lear, Kentucky. Her father was an assistant supervisor for the Consolidated Coal Company, and she describes Van Lear as a large mining town which did not fit the image of the typical coal camp. Van Lear had two hotels, a clubhouse, and a movie theater. Worster does not remember any unusual troubles during the Great Depression. She states that she always had what she needed and that people in Van Lear helped each other out. But Worster recalls that the African American families in Van Lear had inferior housing. Worster graduated from high school in 1938, attended college, and began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse near Van Lear in Butcher Hollow. She explains that she wanted to teach in one of the Van Lear schools, but that those positions were difficult to obtain. While in Butcher Hollow, Worster taught future country music star Loretta Lynn for one year. She explains that she knows some of her pupils did not come to school in the winter because they did not have shoes. Worster discusses the social life and sexual mores when she was a young woman. She recalls men who did not want to tell their sons about the facts of life and states that she told her son herself. She explains that dating was not common when she was a young woman. Instead, the teenagers socialized in groups. Worster moved to Lexington, Kentucky during World War Two.

Interview Accession

1988oh256_app203

Interviewee Name

Juanita Dixon Worster

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-12-10

Interview Rights

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Interview Usage

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Restriction

No Restrictions


access interview in full screen  

Interviews may be reproduced with permission from Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries.

All rights to the interviews, including but not restricted to legal title, copyrights and literary property rights, have been transferred to the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Add this interview to your cart in order to begin the process of requesting access to a copy of and/or permission to reproduce interview(s). 


Worster, Juanita Dixon Interview by Glenna Graves. 10 Dec. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Worster, J.D. (1988, December 10). 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.

Worster, Juanita Dixon, interview by Glenna Graves. December 10, 1988, Appalachia: Family and Gender in the Coal Community Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





Persistent Link for this Record: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7pzg6g4g6k