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0:00 - Interview introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Thomas gives his general background including birth, education, and where he has worked.

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Subjects: Kentucky River (Ky.)

4:24 - Flood of 1937

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Partial Transcript: So what did you do with the Corp of Engineers?

Segment Synopsis: Thomas briefly lists his duties through the Corp of Engineers. He spends much of this section talking about the flood of 1937. He saved many people and watched houses go down the river.

Keywords: 1937 Flood; Lockport, Kentucky

Subjects: Floods--Kentucky Kentucky River (Ky.) United States Army Corp of Engineers

10:20 - Locks and dams

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Partial Transcript: When I quit, I was locking about 75 pleasure boats a day.

Segment Synopsis: Thomas talks about working the locks and dams on the Kentucky River. He helped with the upkeep of them and was a lock master as well.

Keywords: lock master; river sandbars

Subjects: Dams--Kentucky Kentucky River (Ky.) Locks (Hydraulic engineering)--Kentucky River (Ky.)

17:56 - River accidents

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Partial Transcript: It's a wonder that more people haven't drowned on the pleasure boats.

Segment Synopsis: Thomas talks about several drowning victims including a jockey named Mike Arnold and his trainer. He also tells a story about being mistaken as a warden and being shot at by moonshiners.

Keywords: Boat accident; Moonshiners; Moonshining; Pleasure boats

Subjects: Boating accidents--Kentucky River (Ky.) Distilling, Illicit--Kentucky Drowning victims--Kentucky River (Ky.) Kentucky River (Ky.)

23:35 - Boats on the river

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Partial Transcript: What all would you ship from the store down river?

Segment Synopsis: Thomas names packet boats that he remembers and talks about the merchandise that was often found on board. He also talks about showboats.

Keywords: Falls City; Hanover; Packet boat

Subjects: Boats and boating--Kentucky River (Ky.) River boats--Kentucky River (Ky.) Showboats--Kentucky River (Ky.)

28:08 - Fishing

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Partial Transcript: Did many people around Lockport have fish on the river or worked on the river much?

Segment Synopsis: Thomas talks about the fishing industry near Lockport, Kentucky.

Keywords: Lockport, Kentucky

Subjects: Fishing--Kentucky River (Ky.)

31:45 - The Depression

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Partial Transcript: How bad was the Depression?

Segment Synopsis: Thomas talks about life during the Great Depression and his luck in getting a job in 1936.

Keywords: Great Depression

Subjects: Depressions--1929--Kentucky River life--Kentucky River (Ky.)

37:16 - Iceland

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Partial Transcript: How long were you in Iceland?

Segment Synopsis: Thomas talks about the fourteen months that he was stationed in Iceland during WWII. He also discusses how the Northern Lights would kill communication.

Keywords: Iceland; Northern Lights

Subjects: World War, 1939-1945--Kentucky

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