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Title of Collection: Duvin Mine Explosion - Oral History.
Name of person interviewed: Davis, Nettie and Calbert, Virginia
Biographical note: Nettie Davis was born December 5, 1921. She was the sister of James R. Gaither, a miner that died in the Duvin Mine explosion on July 14, 1939. Virginia Calbert was born on May 6, 1906. She was the wife of George Louis Springfield, another miner who died in the disaster. She remarried in 1972 and died on June 3, 2004.
Description: Nettie Davis and Virginia Calbert discuss their recollections of the Duvin Mine explosion on July 14, 1939 at Providence, Kentucky. They discuss James R. Gaither, the brother of Ms. Davis, and George Louis Springfield, the husband of Mrs. Calbert, who perished in the explosion. They describe the scene outside the mine in the hours and days following the explosion and the impact of the disaster on the community. They also recount the racial and economic conditions of the area at that time.
Descriptors: Mine explosions -- Kentucky.
Interviewed by: Dunn, Robyn W.
Date of interview: 1995 November 26
Contributed by: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project.
Identification number: OH185
Location: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives.
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Title of Collection: Duvin Mine Explosion - Oral History.
Name of person interviewed: Weldon, Nadine
Biographical note: Nadine Weldon was born February 26, 1915 in Providence, Kentucky. She is the sister of Douglas Cates, survivor of the Duvin Mine Explosion on July 14, 1939.
Description: Nadine Weldon discusses the Duvin Mine Explosion which occurred in Providence, Kentucky on July 14, 1939. She was a sister of a survivor and provides a detailed account of the events at the mine and the rescue efforts that followed the explosion. She describes life in a mining community in western Kentucky during the 1930s. She also discusses the relationship her family had with F. V. Ruckman, the owner of the mine.
Descriptors: Mine explosions -- Kentucky.
Interviewed by: Dunn, Robyn W.
Date of interview: 1995 November 26
Contributed by: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project.
Identification number: OH188
Location: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives.
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Title of Collection: Duvin Mine Explosion - Oral History.
Name of person interviewed: Cates, Douglas Hayes
Biographical note: Douglas Hayes Cates was born at Providence Kentucky on September 4, 1921. He was raised in a coal mining family and was seventeen at the time of the Duvin Mine Explosion on July 14, 1939. He was one of the last miners to escape the mine after the explosion. After the accident, he returned to coal mining and retired as a miner on September 10, 1988.
Description: Douglas H. Cates provides a firsthand account of the Duvin Mine explosion that occurred on July 14, 1939 in Providence, Kentucky. The disaster killed twenty eight miners and left ten wounded. He describes the conditions faced by coal miners in central Kentucky in the first half of the twentieth century. Cates details various aspects of coal mining life, including the company stores, “flickers”, accident compensation, wages and comradely among miners. He concludes by describing various events related to the unionization of the coal miners in the 1930s.
Descriptors: Mine explosions -- Kentucky.
Interviewed by: Dunn, Robyn W.
Date of interview: 1995 November 22
Contributed by: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project.
Identification number: OH184
Location: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives.
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Title of Collection: Duvin Mine Explosion - Oral History.
Name of person interviewed: Cates, Douglas Hayes
Biographical note: Douglas Hayes Cates was born at Providence Kentucky on September 4, 1921. He was raised in a coal mining family and was seventeen at the time of the Duvin Mine Explosion on July 14, 1939. He was one of the last miners to escape the mine after the explosion. After the accident, he returned to coal mining and retired as a miner on September 10, 1988.
Description: Douglas H. Cates provides a firsthand account of the Duvin Mine explosion that occurred on July 14, 1939 in Providence, Kentucky. The disaster killed twenty eight miners and left ten wounded. He describes the conditions faced by coal miners in central Kentucky in the first half of the twentieth century. Cates details various aspects of coal mining life, including the company stores, “flickers”, accident compensation, wages and comradely among miners. He concludes by describing various events related to the unionization of the coal miners in the 1930s.
Descriptors: Mine explosions -- Kentucky.
Interviewed by: Dunn, Robyn W.
Date of interview: 1995 November 22
Contributed by: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project.
Identification number: OH184
Location: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives.
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Title of Collection: Duvin Mine Explosion - Oral History.
Name of person interviewed: McDowell, Linda Earl
Biographical note: Linda Earl McDowell was born February 9, 1940, seven months after the Duvin Mine Explosion in Providence, Kentucky on July 14, 1939. Her father, Earl White Woodring, died in the mine. Her mother remarried another miner. The family maintained close ties with F. V. Ruckman, the owner of the Duvin Mine, up until his death in 1951.
Description: Linda Earl McDowell discusses the Duvin Mine explosion on July 14, 1939 at Providence, Kentucky. Her account of the disaster was told by her mother, family members, newspaper clippings, other miners and F. V. Ruckman, the owner of the mine. She discusses her father, Earl White Woodring, one of the miners killed by the blast. She details the lives of the miners, including safety issues, script (“flickers”) and the unionization of the mines. She discusses Ruckman’s impact on her family and interactions with him following the explosion.
Descriptors: Mine explosions -- Kentucky.
Interviewed by: Dunn, Robyn W.
Date of interview: 1995 October 26
Contributed by: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project.
Identification number: OH187
Location: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives.
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Title of Collection: Duvin Mine Explosion - Oral History.
Name of person interviewed: Green, Patricia
Biographical note: Patricia “Trisha” Green was born in Providence, Kentucky on September 25, 1943. Many in her family worked in the coal mines of western Kentucky. Her family relocated soon after her birth buts she returned to Providence prior to the interview.
Description: Patricia “Trisha” Green provides a second hand account of the Duvin Mine explosion on July 14, 1939 at Providence, Kentucky. She received information of the disaster through her mother whose brother-in-law, Carl “Big Boy” Holloman, Jr., had perished in the mine explosion. She describes the rescue efforts and the impact that the disaster had on her family along with the community of Providence. She also explores aspects of unionization of the miners, mining scripts or “flickers”, safety concerns and racial issues.
Descriptors: Mine explosions -- Kentucky.
Interviewed by: Dunn, Robyn W.
Date of interview: 1995 November 5
Contributed by: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project.
Identification number: OH186
Location: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives.