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OH121 Corine E. Ray Oral History

Corine E. Ray Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH121

Interviewee: Ray, Corine E.

Interviewer: Bates, Mary

Date interviewed: November 14, 1979

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: July 12, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (28 minutes)

Abstract: Corine Ray describes life in Murray, Kentucky during the first half of the 20th century. She discusses family life, church involvement and her marriage. She describes how her family survived during the Great Depression and how her husband searched to find work. She recalled that he made 50 cents one day and returned with a steak, potatoes, buttermilk, flour and one onion. She also recalled receiving milk tickets for her first child. Ray remembered that coal was scarce and people would wait by the train tracks for fallen coal from passing freight trains.

Biographical / Historical note: Corine Ray was lifelong resident of Murray, Kentucky. Her father was George Richardson. She married James Ray on August 26, 1927. She was a member of the Washington Street Church, where she sang in the choir, served as secretary for twenty-five years and founded the "Sunshine Band."

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:

Ray, Corine

Murray (Ky.) – History.

Washington Street Church (Murray, Ky.)