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This interview is one of a series conducted with West Virginia farmers about growing up on farms and about the farming business. Mr. Messer was born at Jenny's Creek, West virginia in 1874. Mr. Messer discusses school life, his family, his father's work as a logger, and work on a farm. He was jailer in Mingo County for several years, and discusses this position, dealing with a cousin who was involved in the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. Mr. Messer also worked in the mines. Travel, food, clothes, church, marriage, moonshine, a flood in the late Ninieteenth Century, and travel in general are topics also covered. Midwives, horse trading, medical care, funerals and a word on his wife closes the interview.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-147.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-147, Huntington, WV.