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OH115 Gladyes S. Ligon Oral History

Gladyes S. Ligon Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH115

Interviewee: Ligon, Gladyes S.

Interviewer: Peyton, Bill

Date interviewed: November 14, 1979

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: June 27, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (35 minutes)

Abstract: Gladyes S. Ligon discusses his childhood on a farm in rural Graves County, Kentucky. He recalls attending school and that classes were scheduled around the planting and harvest months. He describes life during the Great Depression and how it affected his family and community. After his father's death, Ligon returned home and to work on the farm. Ligon mentions attending church as a child and that there was no fire department in Mayfield, Kentucky during in his youth.

Biographical / Historical note: Gladyes S. Ligon was born in Graves County, Kentucky in 1901. His parents, King and Jesse Ligon, owned a farm that grew corn, tobacco and raised cows, horses, hogs and chickens. He attended Shelton Elementary School near Bardwell until the sixth grade. He helped to build three churches in Graves County and one in Hickman County. In 1918, he traveled to Gary, Indiana and worked at a tin mill. He returned to Graves County where he and his brother, Griffon, bought a sixty-five acre farm. He married Yewella Jenkins in 1926 and they had seven children. His wife was a teacher at Neal's Chapel Church.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Ligon, Gladyes S., 1901-

Graves County (Ky.) – History.

Hickman County (Ky.)

Mayfield (Ky.) – History.

Shelton Elementary School (Bardwell, Ky.)