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OH091 Neva Grey Allbritten Oral History

Neva Grey Allbritten Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH091

Interviewee: Allbritten, Neva Grey

Interviewer: Anderson, Margaret R.

Date interviewed: October 4, 1988

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: April 6, 2011

Description: 2 sound discs (90 minutes)

Abstract: Neva Grey Allbritten describes life in Murray, Kentucky during the early half of the 20th century. She describes attending school and church, working at her father's store, attending social and community activities and events during her childhood and young adulthood. She discusses her family history, as well as detailed descriptions of her home and family life in Murray. She mentions that Murray was originally named Spring Hill due to all the natural springs in the area which she claimed attracted people to the area. As a young child, she remembered roller skating around the newly paved court house square and attending plays and musicals. She also recalled witnessing a touring circus downtown.

Biographical / Historical note: Neva Grey Allbritten was native of Murray, Kentucky. Her mother was originally from Tennessee and her father from Kentucky. As a child, she helped her father at his store and later sold vending and cigarette machines. She graduated valedictorian at Murray High School and received an academic scholarship to attend Murray State Teachers College. She attended college briefly, but dropped out because of health issues. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Murray, where she taught bible school, played piano and sang in the church choir. Allbritten sold war bonds at the City Bank during the Second World War. In her later years she was involved with the Women's Club and served as president of the club from 1961 to 1962.

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:

Allbritten, Neva Grey

Murray (Ky.) – History.

Calloway County (Ky.) – History.

First Christian Church (Murray, Ky.)

Murray Women's Club (Murray, Ky.)