Interview with Tom Handy, November 19, 1988

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

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Tom Handy was born in 1919 and grew up in Menifee County, Kentucky on a farm where he was the primary worker. His father worked in the logging industry, the oil fields, and in a factory in Ohio. He reports that the coal camps had a good reputation, but that he never had a desire to go underground. He remembers that his father worked at a rock quarry six days a week for twelve and a half cents an hour. He wielded a sixteen-pound sledgehammer and paid 25 cents a day for a ride to the quarry. Mr. Handy recalls cattle drives to Mt. Sterling, and geese drives, too. He attended a Moonlight School in Plumrow in the mid-1930s. Mr. Handy also describes his experience in the army in Italy during World War Two.

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1988oh189_app186

Interviewee Name

Tom Handy

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Glenna Graves

Interview Date

1988-11-19

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Handy, Tom Interview by Glenna Graves. 19 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Handy, T. (1988, November 19). 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.

Handy, Tom, interview by Glenna Graves. November 19, 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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