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OH031 Seldon Ahart Oral History

Seldon Ahart Oral History

Collection Title: West Kentucky History and Culture – Land Between the Lakes Series

Series Number: OH031

Interviewee: Ahart, Seldon 1905-

Interviewer: David Sullivan

Date interviewed: July 16, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 19, 2010

Description: 1 sound disc and 1 cassette tape - identical recordings (47 minutes)

Abstract: Seldon Ahart recalls farm operations prior to and following mechanized farming techniques. His recollections include experiences in the mercantile business and the role the general store had in a rural community. Ahart also provides many interesting observations on daily life and social conditions in the Land Between the Lakes region.

Biographical / Historical note: Seldon Ahart was born near Golden Pond, Kentucky in 1905. His parents owned and operated two small farms in Western Kentucky. Shortly before his death in the 1920s, Seldon's father purchased a general store in the Land Between the Lakes area. For the next two decades Seldon continued to be associated with both farming and the mercantile business. At the end of the Second World War, Ahart worked as a toll collector on the Cumberland River Bridge.Seldon Ahart was born near Golden Pond, Kentucky in 1905. The family farm was situated along the Cumberland River just below Elbow Bend and near Long Creek.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. and Tenn.) – History.

Golden Pond (Ky.)

Cumberland River (Ky. and Tenn.) – History.

Kentucky – Agriculture – Farm and farming.

Research Notes: Index and abstract included with oral history.