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OH117 Opal Maxwell Oral History

Opal Maxwell Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH117

Interviewee: Maxwell, Opal

Interviewer: Peyton, Bill

Date interviewed: November 14, 1979

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: June 27, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (34 minutes)

Abstract: Opal Maxwell discusses her childhood in Paducah, Kentucky. She describes the process of growing tobacco, working the fields and daily chores. She explains the process of smoking sausage, making applesauce and other country dishes. She also recalls attending church and school in the same building, that being the England School.

Biographical / Historical note: Opal Maxwell was a lifelong resident of Paducah, Kentucky. Her father operated a farm and grew tobacco. She married at age nineteen without her parents consent. Her husband was a sharecropper that farmed and raised cows.

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Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Maxwell, Opal

Paducah (Ky.) – History.

England School (Paducah, Ky.) – History.