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1:45 - Learning to swim

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Partial Transcript: What's your first memory of the river?

Segment Synopsis: Reece says that his first memory of the river is his father taking him out on the river in a rowboat and throwing him in so he would swim.

Keywords: Swimming

Subjects: Kentucky River (Ky.)

2:53 - Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company

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Partial Transcript: Lived here all my life since I was four years old.

Segment Synopsis: Reece gives some history of the Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company.

Keywords: Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company

Subjects: Sawmills--Kentucky

7:49 - Employees

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Partial Transcript: Who are some of the hands at the sawmill that you remember?

Segment Synopsis: Reece lists employees of the lumber company and describes their positions.

Keywords: Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company

Subjects: Sawmills--Kentucky

10:46 - Working conditions

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Partial Transcript: What was the wage at that time when you were small, do you remember?

Segment Synopsis: Reece breaks down how much the men were paid by the hour, day, and week. He says that they were also provided with rent-free cabins. He tells a story about four men falling into the Hell-hole. The Hell-hole was where they burned sawdust and waste.

Keywords: Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company; Wage

Subjects: Sawmills--Kentucky

15:39 - Buzzard Roost

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Partial Transcript: And for recreation at night, why they would meet down there on that office porch even after working hard all day.

Segment Synopsis: Reece talks about the Buzzard Roost which is where the employees would get together and hold court. They would charge each other with crimes, face civilian judges, and dole out punishments.

Keywords: Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company

Subjects: Sawmills--Kentucky

17:57 - Ice

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember walking across the river completely on ice?

Segment Synopsis: Reece talks about sledding on the river and walking across it often when it iced over. He says that no one ever fell through or got hurt.

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Subjects: Ice on rivers, lakes, etc.--Kentucky River (Ky.)

19:24 - Lumber mills

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Partial Transcript: What contact did this mill have with other mills on down the river?

Segment Synopsis: Reece talks about local mills and their decline.

Keywords: Lumber mill; Mowbray and Robinson Lumber Company

Subjects: Sawmills--Kentucky

22:50 - Timber rafts

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Partial Transcript: Bringing logs down, how would you describe that from the start?

Segment Synopsis: Reece describes timber rafting. He also says that Chester Finney recently died but that he had known where sunken logs had been for decades.

Keywords: Finney, Chester; Log rafts

Subjects: Kentucky River (Ky.) Timber rafting

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