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SOHP Series D. Rural Electrification

Creator: Southern Oral History Program

These interviews were conducted in rural areas of North Carolina for the 50th anniversary in 1985 of the Rural Electrification Administration. The project of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives explored the impact electricity had (more)

D-0001 Interview with Yates Abernathy (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Yates Abernathy, white farmer, discusses life in Vale, Rutherford County, N.C., in the Appalachian region of the state, including petitioning for and receiving electricity in the late 1940s, and the positive and negative changes that came with it, ...

D-0003 Interview with David Bateman (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: David Bateman, white farmer, discusses life in Tyner, Chowan County, N.C., including receiving electricity in 1947, the belief of power companies that poor farmers wouldn’t have a use for electricity,his feelings about it at the time, and the ...

D-0005 Interview with Lena Boyce (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Lena Boyce, white farmer, discusses her childhood in Rehoboth, Northampton County, N.C., marriage to her childhood friend, memories of life before and after receiving electricity, including Rehoboth Methodist Church and recreation before electricity...

D-0006 Interview with Louise M. Case and L. C. Case, Jr. (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Louise M. Case and L. C. Case, Jr., white teachers and farmers, discuss their childhoods and family backgrounds, his father’s first car,social activities such as visiting neighbors, his work with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, ...

D-0007 Interview with Shirley Collier (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Shirley Collier, white farmer, discusses family background, memories of first receiving electricity and running water on her family’s farm in Fayetteville, N.C., in 1945, differences in availability of electricity availability at school and their ...

D-0008 Interview with Shirley Colter (1 item)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Shirley Colter, white homemaker, discusses strict upbringing on grandparents’ farm, the treatment of black field hands and her grandfather’s relationship with black tenant families, relationships between husbands and wives including between her ...

D-0010 Interview with Munsey T. Crouse and Waine Crouse (1 item)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Munsey T. Crouse and Waine Crouse, white farmers, discuss life in Alleghany County, N.C., before and after Blue Ridge Electric, growing up on a farm, the time spent on everyday chores such as washing and ironing clothes, heating the house, preserving...

D-0011 Interview with H. E. Daughtry (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: H. E. Daughtry, white teacher, discusses childhood on a farm, memories of petitioning for and receiving electricity at his home and school in Perquimans County, N.C., positive and negative changes electricity had at home and at school such as the use...

D-0012 Interview with Fredda Davis (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Fredda Davis, white farmer, discusses life in the Nathan’s Creek area of Ashe County, N.C., inheriting her family farm, life before electricity, the community’s petitioning for electricity and the the lack of interest of major power companies, the ...

D-0014 Interview with James Ellen (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: James Ellen, white electrician, discusses his work with Halifax EMC as an electrification adviser, deciding how to properly wire properties, teaching owners how to efficiently use electricity, early wiring for electricity in eastern North Carolina in...

D-0015 Interview with Mrs. W. D. Elliott (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Mrs. W. D. Elliott, white homemaker, discusses memories of receiving electricity at her house in Chowan County, N.C., in October 1946, changes it brought for her work and her husband’s farm, introduction of electrical fences and appliances, ...

D-0016 Interview with Murray Fleming (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Murray Fleming, white farmer, discusses his life as a farmer in Scotland Neck, Halifax County, N.C., his early rejection of electricity in 1939, failed attempts to receive electricity in 1942 after buying his farm and getting married because of the ...

D-0018 Interview with John McNatt Gillis (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: John McNatt Gillis discusses his experiences as one of the founding members of the Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, banding together of people who wanted electricity in their town, traveling to Washington, D.C., obtaining funds from the...

D-0019 Interview with John Godwin (2 items)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: John Godwin, Lumbee farmer, discusses childhood on his father’s farm in Pembroke, N.C., one of the few places in Robeson County to get electricity before World War II, installation of electricity in other homes in the 1940s with the founding of the ...

D-0020 Interview with Quinton Hussey (1 item)

Date Deposited: 2015-06-25

Collection: Southern Oral History Program Interviews

Abstract: Quinton Hussey, white electrician, discusses his work as the former manager of members’ services at Randolph Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) in Randolph County, N.C., REMC’s role in the certification of Gold Medallion homes, history of REMC, ...