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OH135 Doris Rose Oral History

Doris Rose Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project - Lifestyles

Series Number: OH135

Interviewee: Rose, Doris

Interviewer: Anderson, Margaret

Date interviewed: November 16, 1988

Processed by: Tara Marcum

Date processed: September 19, 2011

Description: 2 sound discs (87 minutes)

Abstract: Doris Rose discusses her childhood in Murray, Kentucky during the 1920s and 1930s. She recalls doing chores such as feeding the farm animals, churning butter, sweeping and cleaning coal lamps. Her family home had no running water or electricity. She describes local medical facilities and home remedies. She also describes the effects of the Great Depression and the impact of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal policies. During the Great Depression, Rose recalled there being few jobs, no money and her family struggling to survive in a broken economy. She also recalled families and friends gathering at the bus station during the Second World War to bid farewell to the men leaving for military service.

Biographical / Historical note: Doris Rose was born in Murray, Kentucky in 1919. She was a lifelong resident of Murray. Her parents were Bessie Houston and Cordis Fair. Her mother graduated from Murray High School but her father only attended grade school. She attended public schools and graduated Murray High School in 1935 at age sixteen. Her first job was at a real estate company working as a typist for a $1 a day. She later worked at a local photographer's studio for four years earning $1.50 a day. She attended the First Christian Church as a child and the First Baptist Church later in her life. She married Alan Rose in 1939. Her husband joined the Marine Corp in 1943, where he spent a year in California and another year overseas.

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:

Rose, Doris, 1919-

Murray (Ky.) – History.

Depressions – 1929 – United States – Personal narratives.

Murray High School (Murray, Ky.)

First Baptist Church (Murray, Ky.)

First Christian Church (Murray, Ky.)

Mason Hospital (Murray, Ky.)