Interview with George Armstrong, March 15, 1985

Project: University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

George Armstrong was born July 1, 1923, "in the head of Arson Creek in Knott County, Kentucky, which is on the waters of Carr's Fork, a tributary of the North Fork of the Kentucky River". He attended the normal one-room schools in Knott County, went to Carr Creek High School, and graduated from Berea College. He did graduate work at the University of Kentucky and studied Special Economic Development at Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology). Armstrong says he became interested in Cooperative Extension work from his 4-H experiences in Knott County.

From 1955-1961, Armstrong worked as County Agent in McCreary, Breathitt, and Bell Counties in Kentucky. He talks about the work of the extension paraprofessionals in the county and how communities once had more individual identities. In 1961, he returned to the Robinson Substation in Breathitt County as both Assistant Project Leader and Industrial Development Specialist for the Eastern Kentucky Resource Development Project (EKRDP) and remained in that capacity until 1971. He discusses how the EKRDP was started, that it was funded by the Kellogg Foundation, and describes some of the projects associated with this organization. He mentions Mrs. Shirley Griffith, a secretary for over twenty-eight years who was instrumental in helping to develop many successful programs at the Substation.

Armstrong was Superintendent of the Robinson Substation, the Area Extension Director for the Quicksand Area and the Wilderness Trail Area, and sometimes served all three positions simultaneously. Armstrong discusses the purpose and function of the County Extension Council, Area Council, and State Extension Council. He notes the invaluable support from the Kentucky Farm Bureau and the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture He discusses the importance of being active in the community, talks about his family, and is asked to mention his many awards.

Interview Accession

1985oh060_af212

Interviewee Name

George Armstrong

Interviewer Name

Mike Duff

Interview Date

1985-03-15

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Armstrong, George Interview by Mike Duff. 15 Mar. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Armstrong, G. (1985, March 15). Interview by M. Duff. University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Armstrong, George, interview by Mike Duff. March 15, 1985, University of Kentucky: Extension Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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