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    • Oral History Interview with Clayton Alfred Klingenfus

    • Mr. Klingenfus has taken a leadership position in the state and particularly in his community to try to serve the social justice needs of the rural population. This interview deals with the organizations started by the Kentucky Council of Churches...
    • 07/08/1987
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with James R. O'Rourke

    • James R. O'Rourke is the pastor of St. John's Church in Georgetown, KY. He entered the study of the priesthood as a young man in his late thirties. In his young adult life he was a tenant farmer on many farms in Mason County in the 1930s and...
    • 09/28/1983
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Wilmer Browning

    • Dr. Browning is the Executive Director of the Council for Burley Tobacco, an umbrella organization for tobacco groups. This is one of the most visible organizations in the state and is funded by farmers when they sell their tobacco.
    • 01/12/1988
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Thomas Coleman Florence

    • The Cynthiana tobacco market is always a very strong one in Kentucky and this interview explores warehousing, farming, etc. from this part of the state. One controversy brought up in this tape was a concern of soil conservation regulations being...
    • 12/18/1987
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Charles W. Meadows

    • In Kentucky, Southern States Cooperative is one of the largest groups of farm supply stores. This interview covers the products, services, and customers of a Southern States store. Mr. Meadows has managed three different stores and has worked as a...
    • 05/15/1987
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Lawrence Edward Pope

    • The purpose of this interview is to try to get some perspective in how and why out-of-state individuals decide to invest in the tobacco business in Kentucky despite the uncertain future. Mr. Pope built a million dollar warehouse after loosing an...
    • 01/22/1988
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History
    • Oral History Interview with Gilbert M. Darnell

    • Mr. Darnell is a retired buyer for the Parker Tobacco Company (Maysville, KY). He discusses many aspects of the business after the tobacco has left the farm.
    • 06/18/1985
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with John F. Nichols Jr.

    • Mr. Nichols has served in many capacities in state government for over a decade. From 1984-1987 he served as communications and media director for David Boswell, Comissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He discusses the...
    • 07/08/1987
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with John French

    • Mr. French is a black farmer with broad experience in agriculture, including time as a compliance officer for ASCS, and a loan officer for the Farmer's Home Administration.
    • 02/18/1988
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Philip Barry Sims

    • Discusses the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) in Harrison County and the work of the ASCS offices in relation to tobacco.
    • 09/20/1983
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with H. Carlisle Besuden

    • Mr. Besuden was the farm writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader for nearly 17 years. The interview revolves around the work as a farm writer and his vantage point.
    • 01/19/1988
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Bennett R. Alexander

    • Mr. Alexander has been a farmer of Green River tobacco for over fifty years. He recalls when Henderson was a center for the crop and that he was president of the Stemming District for three years.
    • 02/06/1988
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with W. Ben Crain

    • Mr. Crain is a warehouseman and President of the Burley Warehouse Association. He knows a great deal about burley from a central Kentucky viewpoint.
    • 07/06/1987
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Jim McPherson

    • Mr. McPherson is the ASCS District Director in the far western part of Kentucky and deals with three major types of tobacco grown in the state. This interview deals with the role of tobacco in the region and discussion of the types of tobacco.
    • 05/18/1987
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with W.B. "Bert" Collins

    • Interview covers the entire tobacco business in a general fashion including varieties of tobacco, diseases, farming methods, and a chronology of changes over the years. Mr. Collins worked as an extension agent for over forty years in Northeast...
    • 06/14/1983
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Francis Comer

    • Mr. Comer speaks of his years working for the American Tobacco Company redryer plant in Maysville, amount and type of tobacco handled, the effect of the 1937 flood on it, opening of tobacco sales warehouse, it is a percentage operation: warehouse...
    • 09/13/1983
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Claude Brewer, Jr.

    • Mr. Brewer has been in the farm implement business for over forty years. This interview deals with the equipment that the tobacco farmer uses, how important the tobacco farmer has been to the equipment business, and how the farm downturn has...
    • 02/23/1988
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project
    • Oral History Interview with Charles E. Fowlkes

    • In this interview, Mr. Fowlkes details the life and business of the tobacco auctioneer. For a brief time, he gives an example of the highly individualized tobacco "chant." Of particular note is a discussion of the auctioneer's role in relation to...
    • 01/11/1984
    • Burley Tobacco Oral History Project

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