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OH230 James Woolfolk Oral History

James Woolfolk Oral History

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

Series Number: OH230

Interviewee: Woolfolk, James

Interviewer: Hosking, Michael

Date interviewed: November 30, 1995

Processed by: Processed by Jessica Davis in November 2013.

Date processed: November 19, 2013

Description: 1 sound disc (57 minutes)

Abstract: James Woolfolk discusses his experiences as a public safety officer for the Tennessee Valley Authority during the construction Kentucky Dam from 1941 to 1943 and afterwards from 1946 to 1981. He describes the infrastructure of his division, the Division of Reservoir Properties, which was responsible for maintaining the reservoir. Woolfolk describes the duties of his position, patrol routes, and events and activities in Kentucky Dam Village. He mentions practical jokes that took place during the construction of the Dam, such as men nailing their coworkers' lunch boxes to the floor.

Biographical / Historical note: James Woolfolk was born at DeQueen, Arkansas in September 4, 1920. He and his parents relocated to Nashville in 1929. He attended local public schools and worked several jobs prior to being employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1941. Woolfolk served as a public safety officer at the Kentucky Dam from August of 1941 until he was drafted in the United States Army in November of 1943. He returned from the war in 1946 and continued to work for the TVA until his retirement on January 1, 1981.

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:

Woolfolk, James, 1920-

Kentucky Dam (Ky.)

Tennessee Valley Authority.

Dams – Kentucky.

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

Kentucky Dam Village State Park (Ky.) – History.

Peace officers – Kentucky.