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Record 516/842
Copyright PastPerfect Museum
Collection Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Oral History Collection
Date 9/11/1988
Abstract Interview of Wilson Kemp Hurst by Karen Grills.

Interviewer's description-
"Wilson is eighty-two years old, born in Bell County and delivered at home by a midwife in 1906. Ancestry he mentioned is English, Irish, and Indian. His grandfather was Irish and married an Indian. He had five brothers, all in World War I with two or three decorated. Mr. Hurst had two sisters and both attended college. His earliest memory was finding a santa suit and trying it on (age six). He remembers Woodrow Wilson. Mr. Hurst was taught at home until fifth grade, then a one room school, then college at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, then art studies at University of Cincinnati (part-time as he worked). Wilson states that he ended up in Cincinnati because he couldn't get enough work in the mines or with the railroad. There he met his first wife who worked in a bakery. He also met famous artists Robert Woods and Norman Rockwell. His father left his family for another woman and later returned. His father was a country doctor, who traveled around. Mr. Hurst states that he loves this area."
Object ID 2007.001.0535
Object Name Tape, Magnetic
Subjects Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, Tennessee)
Interview date 09/11/1988
Interviewer Grills, Karen
Length of interview 47:10, 3:30
Media Cassette Tape
Narrator Hurst, Wilson Kemp
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