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OH210 Jack McGehee Oral History

Jack McGehee Oral History

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

Series Number: OH210

Interviewee: McGehee, Jack F.

Interviewer: Hosking, Michael

Date interviewed: October 30, 1995

Processed by: Processed by Benjamin J. Drake in April 2013

Date processed: April 17, 2013

Description: 1 sound disc (47 minutes)

Abstract: Jack F. McGehee discusses his time of employment with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on the construction of Kentucky Dam from 1941 to 1946. He described his work experience prior to being employed by the TVA and the process by which he was hired. He recalls the daily tasks and worksite conditions, including wages, racial and gender relations and worker safety. The interview concludes with McGehee providing a list of names of possible individuals to interview at a later date.

Biographical / Historical note: Jack F. McGehee was born November 18, 1914. He graduated from E. W. Grove High School in 1932 and began working for the Golden Peacock Corporation, a cosmetics firm, while residing in Paris, Tennessee. In the spring of 1941, he began work for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the Construction Department on the Kentucky Dam project doing clerical work. As the construction phase neared completion, McGehee was transferred back to Paris and worked in the Payroll Office until April of 1955. After leaving the TVA he worked for an insurance company until his retirement. Jack McGehee died on August 11, 1996.

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:

McGehee, Jack F., 1914-1996.

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

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

Paris (Tenn.)