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The speaker is a woman of unknown age and education level from Booneville, Kentucky; she was recorded in 1965.

County: Owsley
State: KY

Although its current population is under 100, Booneville is the county seat of Owsley County. In this segment the speaker talks about Edward O. Robinson, a well-known local businessman and philanthropist. She discusses the E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund, which was created in the 1920s as a way for Robinson to give something back to the communities where he made his fortune in lumber. Still active, the fund provides educational opportunities for young people in various eastern Kentucky counties.
Inf: Well, well, Mr. Robinson wanted us to do something that would supplement the work of the rural schools.

FW#1: Oh, that E.O. Robinson?

Inf: Yes [FW#1: Oh]. It???s the man whose money we operate on. And Mr. Robinson uh, uh, was a lumberman and made money in eastern Kentucky and he wanted to leave some of it to be used for, uh for the people where he made it [FW#2: Yeah]. And he was not particular interested in establishing a school and bringing children in. He, he wanted children to live in their homes. He wanted the influence of the parents with them. And uh so we, we the first thing we did was to have, uh, a traveling library. And we started, when we came here, the highway was being built, between Jackson and Hazard. And we uh, with one of the board members of the Mountain Fund, I say Mountain Fund and I mean E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund, one of the men helped me choose this spot. And uh, the highway was just being graded up in front of our place. But that fall, we bought the land in March.

FW#1: Yeah, what year?

Inf: 1930.

FW#1: 1930?

Inf: Yes. We bought the land in March 1930, and because the log house built fast, faster than any other house I could think of, then, and we like log houses, we got a man to deliver us logs and built the log house down there, by the roadside, and we moved in it in July of 1930. It wasn???t completed, but it was all right to live in through the warm weather. There were, uh, five schools, road schools that we found we could reach that fall. So we took uh, our Ford, we???d bought a car in the meantime, and uh, just put boxes of books on the back seat.

FW#2: Where???d you get your books?

Inf: Uh, some of the books were given us, and we bought some. We, we buy all of our books now [FW#2: Yes]. But some of our books were given us then, and we bought some. And we went to these schools. We took an oilcloth. I had a big square, uh, of oilcloth, and just spread it on the ground, and took the s-, books off the back seat uh, of the car, the boxes of books. And I didn???t spread out more than thirty or fifty books on the ground. And the children just squatted around the, uh, oilcloth. And one little girl, I remember, came down, and she just spread her arms out and said, ???Oh!??? Just like that, you know. And just looked at the books before she chose one. And uh, the children seemed very grateful, and very glad to have them.

The speaker is a woman of unknown age and education level from Booneville, Kentucky; she was recorded in 1965.

County: Owsley
State: KY

The county seat of Owsley County, Booneville is in east central Kentucky and has a current population of under 100. The city was named after Daniel Boone, who became fond of the area while working as a surveyor. Boone eventually bought a piece of land on which he had a favorite camping spot, located about a mile from the present-day town. In this segment the speaker talks about her strong religious beliefs.
Inf: I believe you???ll have better luck. God will bless you. (xx) don???t trust in God and do his way, but I read his book. I tell you, if you don???t-, if you go by that, you won???t be mean to nobody. You???ll give, won???t you? To???

FW: That???s right.

Inf: Yes, indeed [FW: That???s right], you???ll give. It???s in the Bible. Giving???s in there. Everything???s in the Bible I???m not afraid to do.

FW: All right, do you go to church every Sunday?

Inf: Yeah. Uh, no, not every Sunday. Our???n don???t hold every Sunday.

FW: Oh, I see.

Inf: No, but my family goes. They go to Sunday school every Sunday [FW: Mm-hmm]. But I???m got disabled from going. And this Sunday school belongs to the Presbyterians [pronc: Presmyterians], and I belong to the Baptist, but I w-, I, I ain???t never a bit contrary. I like that there Presbyterian preacher as good as I do the Baptist. He???s a bitter tongue [laughter], as far as being good to me.

FW: Is that in Buckhorn?

Inf: No, he???s up here in Mor-, o-, on, th-, this creek. Morris Fork, we call it.

FW: Morris Fork.

Inf: Yes. He lives on the Morris Fork. And he sure is all, he never pass that road, he???ll blow, he???ll holler at me, and he treats me so nice that I like him, but still a lot, of what I, I ain???t never gonna change churches. I don???t never go to his church, but I go to the Baptist church all the time. I go, though, whenever they have buryings now sometimes, when they have. He don???t care. Now he knows I ain???t able to go now [FW: Mm-hmm]. And never does insist on me to come [FW: Mm-hmm]. But I go now when they have any to-do, any nice parade or anything, well I???ll [tape cuts out] go, I do, I like [tape cuts out] (the nearest drive).

FW: Now you???ve enjoyed living, haven???t you?

Inf: Lord, yes [tape cuts out]. I???ll say that I believe every Christian???ll enjoy living. Don???t you really enjoy it, whole lot? I enjoy it [FW: We ought to]. I enjoy it. I had a mother that was a [tape cuts out], had a heart in a million. She taught us to, no matter how poor we got, to be satisfied. If we got poor, but I???ve always had plenty to go for, and never been about money.

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