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OH200 Johnny B. Fox Oral History

Johnny B. Fox Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – Kentucky Dam Project

Series Number: OH200

Interviewee: Fox, Johnny B.

Interviewer: Marshall, Tim

Date interviewed: November 20, 1995

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in December 2012.

Date processed: December 10, 2012

Description: 1 sound disc (29 minutes)

Abstract: Johnny B. Fox of Lyon County, Kentucky describes his employment with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) during the construction of Kentucky Dam. He recounts how he was hired, his regular duties and activities on the worksite. He recalled social interactions among workers, injuries and fatalities, racial relations and the high employee turnover rate. Fox described his responsibilities as a park ranger for the Kentucky Department of Parks after the dam's completion and further discussed his daily activities while residing at Kentucky Dam Village from 1942 to 1946.

Biographical / Historical note: Johnny B. Fox was born December 3, 1924 in Eddyville, Kentucky. He began working for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on construction of the Kentucky Dam in 1942 and remained until the dam was completed in 1945. After the dam’s completion he worked for the Kentucky Department of Parks and resided in the Kentucky Dam Village before it was dismantled. He later was employed as the chief of maintenance for the Crounse Corporation at Grand Rivers, Kentucky. He died on June 2, 2003.

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:

Fox, Johnny B., 1924-2003.

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

Land Between the Lakes (Ky. And Tenn.) – History.

Lyon County (Ky.)