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Record 107/842
Copyright PastPerfect Museum
Collection Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Oral History Collection
Date 02/14/1980
Abstract Interview of Louise Sturgill by Bill Harbin.

Interviewer's description-
"Louise Sturgill came to Benham, Kentucky (Hemlock Street) from Virginia by train in 1916. She recalls what the town of Benham looked like at that time. She married Elbert P. Sturgill May 5, 1929 and took a two week honeymoon trip to Washington, D.C.; also had her first ride on an airplane. Her husband worked for International Harvester in insurance. He later made Industrial Relations Manager and worked at that until he retired in 1962 for loss of vision. She said that her husband taught himself to type, read braille, play organ and he was the chairman of library for blind in Frankfort, Kentucky. Her husband also taught school at Eolia for two years. Mrs. Sturgill recalls attending school in Virginia for one year and Benham until she graduated in 1928 (Benham's first graduating class) and working as a receptionist in a Benham hospital for four doctors for 15 years. Mrs. Sturgill also speaks of her two children, the problems she sees arising in Benham, coal severance tax, welfare, moonshine and states that she feels our culture is worth preserving."
Object ID 2007.001.0111
Object Name Tape, Magnetic
Subjects Benham, Kentucky
International Harvester
Interview date 02/14/1980
Interviewer Harbin, Bill
Length of interview 45:46, 1:02
Media Cassette Tape
Narrator Sturgill, Louise
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