Interview SummaryVance Bowling gives an overview of his early life in Leslie County. He discusses his time at school and the availability of books. He indicates that he left school in the eighth grade to begin working the family farm in the 1940s. After returning from military service in the Korean War, he worked as a carpenter, a vocational education teacher, and a minister. At the time of the interview, he was serving as a full-time minister for the Church of Christ. Bowling comments upon the stereotypes that he feels have been misconstrued by "outsiders." Also discussed is Richard Nixon's visit to Hyden in 1979. Bowling once did carpentry work for the FNS building. At the same time that he praises the value of FNS services, he is concerned that the FNS misrepresented the local people for the purpose of raising money.
Interview KeywordBaptism Building Carpenters Carpenters Church of Christ Coal mining operations Commodities Eastern Kentucky Eighth grade Family farm 1940s Federal government Feuds History Hurricane Creek Illegal liquor Korean War Korean War Libraries Miltary service Ministers Mountains Nelson Program Outsiders Preachers Presidents Prostitution Public works Raising money Representation Richard Nixon Richard Nixon's visit to Hyden, 1979 Schools Services State highways departments Stereotypes Violence Vocational education teachers Wendover (Ky.) Work World War II
Interview LC SubjectAppalachian Region Appalachian Region--Economic conditions Appalachian Region--Religion Appalachian Region--Social conditions Appalachian Region--Social life and customs Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965 Country life Education Employment--Kentucky Frontier Nursing Service Inc. Korean War, 1950-1953 Leslie County (Ky.) Occupations. Rural conditions
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Bowling, Vance Interview by Dale Deaton. 24 May. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Bowling, V. (1979, May 24). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Bowling, Vance, interview by Dale Deaton. May 24, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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