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OH038 Mary Emma Bleidt Oral History

Mary Emma Bleidt Oral History

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

Series Number: OH038

Interviewee: Bleidt, Mary Emma, 1909-

Interviewer: David Sullivan

Date interviewed: July 9, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 25, 2010

Description: 2 sound discs (1 hour, 36 minutes)

Abstract: Mary Emma Bleidt discusses managing the post office at Golden Pond, Kentucky and teaching at public schools in the Land Between the Lakes region from the 1920s to the 1940s. She also reflects upon her childhood years working at her grandfather's general store in Golden Pond.

Biographical / Historical note: Mary Emma Bleidt was born in 1909 at Golden Pond, Kentucky. Her childhood years were spent at Golden Pond where she attended the local public schools. After graduating high school she attended Bethel College in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and later Murray State University. She taught school in the Land Between the Lakes region during the 1920s and 1930s. She was appointed postmaster of Golden Pond in 1937 and held that position until 1942. Bleidt's grandfather, William Wilson, owned and operated Wilson's General Store at Golden Pond, which remained in business until 1946.

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.) -- History.

Wilson's General Store (Golden Pond, Ky.)

Research Notes: Index and abstract included with oral history.