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OH039 Genella Bogard Oral History

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Murray State University
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Murray, Kentucky 42071

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Genella Bogard Oral History

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

Series Number: OH039

Interviewee: Bogard, Genella 1902-

Interviewer: David Sullivan

Date interviewed: August 19, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: February 26, 2010

Description: 1 sound discs (59 minutes)

Abstract: Genella Bogard describes her experiences living in Center Furnace, Kentucky. She recalls employment opportunities and the iron industry from her childhood. She discusses the school system in the Land Between the Lakes region and compares it to those in other areas of Kentucky. She recalls of the coexistence of black and white communities at Center Furnace and the role of African-American culture in the community. She describes the Bogard House, in which she lived for 43 years, and mentions her husband's infamous career as the "Whiskey King." She addresses a legend associated to Al Capone and relates some information about Joe Bogard's finances.

Biographical / Historical note: Genella Bogard was born in Trigg County, Kentucky in 1902. She was raised near the Center Furnace, Kentucky where her father worked as a night watchman at the iron foundry. As a child she attended the Hematite and Cumberland Schools. She later taught in the Land Between the Lakes region at Pryor Hollow, Golden Pond and Ferguson Springs during the 1940s. In 1923 she married Joe Bogard, known to locals as the "King of Moonshiners." After his death in 1933, she remarried again briefly in 1941. She later worked in the old age assistance office at the Ken Lake Hotel until her retirement and subsequent displacement to Cadiz in 1966. She died in 1983 and was buried at the Bogard Family Cemetery.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Bogard, Genella Wallace, 1902-1983

Trigg County (Ky.) – History.

Center Furnace (Ky.)

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

Pryor Hallow (Ky.)

Golden Pond (Ky.)

Ferguson Springs (Ky.)

Cadiz (Ky.)

Bogard, Joe, 1876-1933.

Capone, Al


Distilling, Illicit – Kentucky.

Prohibition – Kentucky.

Research Notes: Index and abstract included with oral history.