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OH051 Wallace Hooks Oral History

Wallace Hooks Oral History

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

Series Number: OH051

Interviewee: Hooks, Wallace, 1922-

Interviewer: David Sullivan

Date interviewed: August 12, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: March 15, 2010

Description: 1sound disc and 1 cassette tape - identical recordings (1 hour, 4 minutes)

Abstract: Wallace Hooks discusses the moonshine business in the Land Between the Lakes region of Kentucky. He describes his association with Joe Bogard, the "King of Moonshiners" and the traffic of illegal whiskey in the region. He also recalls large scale farming operations in the 1930s and 1940s. Hooks remembers log buildings, the early iron furnaces and how Fungo, Kentucky was named. He also mentions the Civil War and the occupation of the Land Between the Lakes by early Native Americans.

Biographical / Historical note: Wallace Hooks was born near the Cumberland River in Trigg County, Kentucky in 1922. His grandfather worked at the furnace at Hematite, Tennessee and his father was a sharecropper. Hook relocated to Alton, Illinois in 1940 to work on the railroad. He later returned to Kentucky where he worked as a carpenter at the United States Army base at Fort Campbell. He also served in the military for a short period of time.

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.

Hematite (Tenn.) – History.

Fungo (Ky.) – History.

Alton (Ill.)

Farm life – Tennessee.

Agriculture – Tennessee – Farms and farming.

Distilling, Illicit – Kentucky – Trigg County.

Bogard, Joseph

Research Notes: Index and abstract included with oral history.