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This interview is one of series conducted concerning the Oral History of Appalachia. Mr. Trent grew up in the coal camps of Logan County, West Virginia. In this interview, he tells of his life growing up in those camps and how it is different from today. He had nine other siblings. His mother (Allifair Trent) was a housewife and his father (Sampson Trent) was a coal miner. Mr. Trent discusses: his childhood; his family; the mining community; the mining business; his employment history (including mine working and as a bus driver); stories about the mines; how he met his wife (Edith); his opposition to mountaintop removal; how he lived through the Buffalo Creek Flood; as well as a small sections on automobiles (such as the Model T Ford), religion, World War I & II, the Great Depression. There is also an anecdote about tripping over a cow and being scared by a police dog; and other topics.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-576.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-576, Huntington, WV.