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OH100 Alma C. Cooper

Alma C. Cooper Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH100

Interviewee: Cooper, Alma C.

Interviewer: Pasco, Kathryn

Date interviewed: February 12, 1980

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: May 17, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (47 minutes)

Abstract: Alma C. Cooper describes the effects of the Great Depression on a rural farming community in Trigg County, Kentucky. She discusses attending one and two room schools and the disciplinary actions enforced by teachers. She recalls listening to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats on the radio and the coming of the Second World War. She mentions bootleggers at Golden Pond, Kentucky and the Land Between the Lakes region during the prohibition era. She describes that many young men died in her community in the line of military duty and the rise of food prices during the Second World War. Cooper also explains the development of ammunition plants and other armament businesses in Viola and Paducah.

Biographical / Historical note: Alma Cooper was born in Trigg County, Kentucky on July 16, 1911. Her father was a farmer that raised sorghum for the production and distribution of molasses. She attended schools at Turkey Creek and Mitchell Chapel and graduated from Golden Pond High School. She married at age sixteen. Her first husband farmed tobacco and wheat. She did not work outside the home until her husband passed away.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Cooper, Alma C., 1911-

Trigg County (Ky.) – History.

Turkey Creek School (Trigg County, Ky.)

Mitchell Chapel School (Trigg County, Ky.)

Golden Pond (Ky.)