Interview with Roscoe Davis, June 27, 1987

Project: Appalachia: Coal Mining Mechanization Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Roscoe Davis worked as a coal miner and truck driver in southwest Virginia. He did not have any experience with the Roving Pickets and does not remember any activity by the Roving Pickets in southwest Virginia. Instead, he provides information on his experiences in the coal mines and about growing up in the mountains.

Davis remembers how different conditions were in Appalachia while he was growing up. He recalls helping his mother and father can food for the winter. He describes hunting for food, and using pine knots and carbide lamps for light. Davis attended school in a one-room schoolhouse and remembers the games that he played as a child.

Davis worked as a coal truck driver for more than forty years. Although he started his career working underground in the mines, he states that he found that too scary. Davis talks about hauling coal in the 1950s and 1960s on small trucks that had little more than a pick-up truck engine. He recalls the bad brake systems, and states that if a trucker lost his brakes in those days, he was doomed. During his career Davis has driven every kind of coal truck.

Interview Accession

1987oh182_app105

Interviewee Name

Roscoe Davis

Interviewer Name

Doug Cantrell

Interview Date

1987-06-27

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Davis, Roscoe Interview by Doug Cantrell. 27 Jun. 1987. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Davis, R. (1987, June 27). Interview by D. Cantrell. Appalachia: Coal Mining Mechanization Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Davis, Roscoe, interview by Doug Cantrell. June 27, 1987, Appalachia: Coal Mining Mechanization Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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