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Record 18/65
Copyright PastPerfect Museum
Collection Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Oral History Collection
Date 04/08/1984
Abstract Interview of Sue Bassham Cudd by James B. Goode. Cudd discusses her background, the coal industry, and Harlan county, Kentucky.

Interviewer's description-
"Mrs. Cudd was born November 21, 1921 at Nebo, Kentucky in Hopkins County. Her father was Pearl Joseph Bassham who was born in Richlands, Virginia, September 23, 1881. He died June 8, 1973. Her mother was Virginia Blackburn and was from Huddy, near Williamson, West Virginia. She is still living and resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. This tape is primarily about Pearl Bassham who became a Harlan County coal baron during the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. He was owner or had interest in the Harlan-Wallins Coal Company, Dixie-Darby Fuel Company, Wood Mines, Verda Supply Company (and three other mines), a mine at Molus, Kentucky, Blueheart Mining Company and a commissary at LeJunior. Topics Mr. Cudd included were: 1) politics in Harlan County, 2) unionism, 3) anecdotes about the early days of industrial development in Harlan County, 4) coal company commissaries, 5) individuals who worked with Pearl Bassham, 6) the building of Bassham mansion at Baxter, and 7) family anecdotes."

Object ID 2007.001.0281
Object Name Tape, Magnetic
Subjects Coal mining
Harlan County, KY
Interview date 04/08/1984
Interviewer Goode, James B.
Length of interview 45:18, 45:24
Media Cassette Tape
Narrator Cudd, Sue
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