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OH073 G. C. Watson Oral History

G. C. Watson Oral History

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

Series Number: OH073

Interviewee: Watson, G. C.

Interviewer: Margaret Hopkins

Date interviewed: October 18, 1976

Processed by: Sheree Wise

Date processed: March 15, 2010

Description: 2 cassette tapes

Abstract: G. C. Watson a local historian from the Land Between the Lakes region of Tennessee discusses the financial aspects of owning a small business, population dynamics and social customs of the lake communities. In addition to commenting on the history of the Stewart family, Watson provided details on the mill at Tharp, bootleggers in Stewart County and information on historical buildings and sites on the Land between the Lakes.

Biographical / Historical note: G. C. Watson resided in the Land Between the Lakes region of Tennessee from 1936 to 1967. He played an active role in the social and political affairs of the Nevil's Creek community of Stewart County, Tennessee. In 1936, he purchased the inventory of the Cherry General Store, which he later owned and operated until 1967. The same year he purchased the store, Watson was elected magistrate for Stewart County's Eighth District.

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:

Watson, G. C.

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

Nevil's Creek (Tenn.) – History.

Stewart County (Tenn.) – History.

Tharp (Tenn.) – History.

General stores – Tennessee – Stewart County.

Distilling, Illicit – Tennessee.

Research Notes: Abstract included with oral history.