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The speaker is a 73-year-old White woman with a grade school education from Owingsville, Kentucky; she was recorded in 1969.



County: Bath
State: KY

Commentary:
The city of Owingsville is a principally agricultural community in the northeastern part of Kentucky; its current population is around 1,500. As the speaker in this segment mentions, the area???s primary farm products include tobacco, corn, hay, hogs, and cattle. Historically, tobacco is known as a particularly time-consuming crop to harvest, as the uncured leaves must be protected from bruising. Although modern farm machinery has eliminated the need to cut tobacco stalks by hand with a sickle, hand labor is sometimes a necessity.
FW: Uh, what kind of things do most farmers raise?

Inf: Well, uh, tobacco is the chief thing around here [FW: Mm-hmm]. And, uh, they raise some corn and cattle, hogs, and quite a bit of hay.

FW: Is tobacco a very fussy thing to raise?

Inf: Well, it???s pretty fussy here lately. It???s hard to get help. Of course they uh, uh, farmers, uh, I mean the man who, the landlord who owns the land, uh, he rents it out to somebody. He has his tenant. And then this tenant is supposed to, to raise the crop [FW: Mm-hmm]. And, uh, he has hard work of gettin??? help in this country now, on the count of there???s several factories around here not too far away. And uh, they pay high, higher prices at these factories for labor, uh, than this tenant can afford to pay. And so therefore it???s, it???s a pretty hard matter for him to-, sometimes he gets in trouble with his crop. They just have to swap around and, uh, you know, the neighbors, change work with one another, or maybe a family if there are three or four members of the family who have different crops, why they will, uh, change work with each other [FW: Mm-hmm]. And that way they???ll finally get their crop in. But if they had to depend on getting hired help, why, well they just can???t do it hardly, in this country.

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