John T. Walton


Dr. Michael J. Galgano



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Mr. Walton begins with a dedication to his parents followed by his family history starting with their migration from Virginia during the Civil War. Topics discussed by Mr. Walton include: Black Cat, West Virginia, mining communities, traveling photographers, mining tools, blacks, railroad cars, the Battle of Mucklow, and Mother Jones. Medical care and entertainment in the mining community is discussed. The "Bull Moose Special" train is mentioned, as is the origin of the name Kayford, West Virginia. Mr. Walton also talks about his childhood experiences, floods, school, movies, his family's first automobile, and ferryboats. Work under a coal tripple is detailed. Mr. Walton's experiences at Allegheny Collegiate Institute and the Greenbriar Military Academy are talked about. The city of Huntington as it was during the 1920's and 1930's is described, including flapper hangouts, gambling, and bootleggers. Mr. Walton's extensive work for C & O Railroad, his experience as a small business owner, and his hobbies complete the interview.

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Library of Congress Subjects

Walton, John T., 1904- -- Autobiography.
Family -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.
Coal mines and mining -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.
African-American coal miners -- West Virginia -- Oral histories.
Logan County (W. Va.) -- History.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-143.


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Oral History Interview: John T. Walton