Richard Napier



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James G. Matthews was a jack-of-all-trades. He worked as a coal miner for James C. Coal Company, worked for United Fuel Gas Company, the Nickel Plant, and as a mail courier. He also performed as part of a singing quartet. Mr. Matthews was born on May 30, 1902. He grew up on a farm near East Lynn, WV. After the death of his mother, Mr. Matthews attended elementary school on a part-time basis in order to work on the family farm. In the audio clip provided, Mr. Matthews discusses alcohol consumption and moonshine stills in East Lynn. During his interview, Mr. Matthews focuses on farming and hunting through providing details of planting and processing crops, the descriptions of his hunting weapons, and his tactics while hunting.

Publication Date

Summer 8-7-1974




Hunting, moonshine and stills, clothing, folk medicine, coal mines, coal mining, farm life, religion


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Appalachian Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Food Processing | Forest Biology | Labor History | Nutrition | Oral History | Religion | Social History

Library of Congress Subjects

Matthews, James G., 1902- -- Autobiography. Farm life -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Folk medicine -- West Virginia -- Oral histories. Rural churches -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-100. This interview was conducted by Richard Napier. MDS exhibit prepared by Jennifer Gehringer, August, 2014.


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Oral History Interview: James G. Matthews