Interview with Winnifred C. Wright, July 18, 1984

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Winnifred C. Wright was a housemother at the University of Kentucky for both the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Hamilton House, a home economics co-op house for female students. In this interview she begins with her family background and early life in Trenton, Ontario, Canada where she attended public school before going to an all-girls finishing school. She talks about World War I, her husband being sent overseas, and working in a TNT factory during the war.

Wright has also lived in Orlando, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky and talks about her life in each city, including her experiences during the Great Depression. She talks about her son being at Pearl Harbor with the Merchant Marines when it was bombed in December 1941.

Wright talks about how she came to work at the University of Kentucky at the Pi Kappa Alpha house in 1948. She describes the students, including their social lives, attitudes, significant members, and even their pranks. She talks about how she began working at Hamilton House, and tells several memorable stories about some of the students. Wright discusses her plans for her life since her retirement.

Interview Accession

1984oh052_af147

Interviewee Name

Winnifred C. Wright

Interviewer Name

Richard C. Smoot

Interview Date

1984-07-18

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Wright, Winnifred C. Interview by Richard C. Smoot. 18 Jul. 1984. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wright, W.C. (1984, July 18). Interview by R. C. Smoot. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wright, Winnifred C., interview by Richard C. Smoot. July 18, 1984, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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