Interview with Charles W. Frazier, October 22, 1988

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

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Wes Frazier grew up in Dalna, Kentucky, a coal camp in Letcher County where he was born in 1919. He explains that Dalna has gone through a series of name changes as different coal companies bought the mines including Elsiecoal, Hot Spot, and Premium. Frazier states that his grandparents on both sides of the family had large land holdings. He describes the investment that his father made in a saw mill where he employed twelve people to saw mine timbers and railroad ties. He remembers his mother's struggles after his father died. Frazier states that they were able to grow practically everything that they needed. They only bought salt, sugar, coal oil, soda and baking powder at the store, but still his mother worked hard to gather the money to pay the insurance policy and the property tax on the farm each year. Frazier also describes the gendered work on the farm. He talks about the unfairness he felt when the boys had leisure time and the girls had to do domestic work after working in the fields.

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1988oh174_app171

Interviewee Name

Charles W. Frazier

Interviewer Name

Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-10-22

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Frazier, Charles W. Interview by Glenna Graves. 22 Oct. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Frazier, C.W. (1988, October 22). 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.

Frazier, Charles W., interview by Glenna Graves. October 22, 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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