Interview with Bessie Funich, July 25, 1986

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

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Interview Summary

Bessie Funich talks extensively about her life in various coal camps in Appalachia. Born into a Hungarian family living in a coal camp at Clinchco, Virginia, Funich left on her own to seek employment in various boarding houses in several coal camps. She finally settled in Lynch, Kentucky, where she worked from dawn to dusk in a boarding house and the company store. It was while working in Lynch that she met her future husband, Tony Funich, a Yugoslavian immigrant who had come to Lynch to work in the coal mines.

Funich does not recall any discrimination against the immigrant miners. She does remember alcohol abuse and rowdiness being rampant in the coal camps. She states that when her father was drunk, he would beat or threaten his wife and children. Funich also recalls that the company police in Lynch were "bad men" who beat people senseless and threw decent miners out of their homes.

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1986oh264_app075

Interviewee Name

Bessie Funich

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1986-07-25

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Funich, Bessie Interview by Doug Cantrell. 25 Jul. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Funich, B. (1986, July 25). 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 25, 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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