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OH093 Charlotte O. Baker Oral History

Charlotte O. Baker Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH093

Interviewee: Barker, Charlotte O.

Interviewer: Anderson, Margaret R.

Date interviewed: November 1, 1988

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: April 15, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (45 minutes)

Abstract: Charlotte O. Barker was a public teacher and lifelong resident of Murray, Kentucky. She describes growing up in small college town during the Great Depression, the Second World War and the immediate years that followed. She mentions the family values of her parents and the general attitude of people in Murray during the depression years. She further discusses recreational activities during her childhood and teenage years, public education in the 1930s and public utilities available during 1940s in Calloway County, Kentucky. She concludes by discussing the deaths of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy and how it affected her life.

Biographical / Historical note: Charlotte O. Barker was born in 1921 at Murray, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Leland Owen and Myrta Kirkland Barker. She graduated Murray High School in 1937 at age seventeen. She attended Murray State Teachers College and after graduation taught for the city school system for over 30 years. She was active in the Murray Methodist Church and taught youth groups. During the Second World War, Barker worked at the library at Murray State Teachers College and as a secretary for the Murray Electric Company. She returned college in 1950 to acquire a Masters degree in education.

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:

Barker, Charlotte O.

Kirkland family.

Owen family.

Murray (Ky.) – History.

Calloway County (Ky.) – History.

Women teachers – Kentucky – Murray.

Public schools – Kentucky – Murray.

Education – Kentucky – Murray.