Oral Histories - KOHC 1974-1979
1976OH79.10a - Charlie Hall.mp3
Charlie H. Hall (Side A)
Charles Henry Hall was born to James Madison Hall (1839 - 1916) and Miranda Griffith Hall (1865 - 1913) on January 1, 1886 in McCracken County, KY. He lived his entire life in West McCracken County, primarly on Noble Road until his death on May 8, 1983. He was married to Almeda McElroy Hall (1893 - 1937) and the couple had 5 children; Elvy Hall (1911 - 1913), Rufus Gaylon Hall (1914 - 1987), Jewell Alvis Hall (1917 - 1925), Ruth Ella Hall Louden (1921 - 2004), and Paul Lynford Hall (1928 - 2014). He was buried in the Grahamville Cemetery. (Credit to Diana Yancy for much of this information)
Charlie Hall discusses his father's service in the Confederate Army during the United States Civil War, including his reason for joining. Mr. Hall also recalls what he heard about the explosion of a cannon at Columbus during the battle at Columbus-Belmont. He comments on actions of the James Gang in the area and speaks of the Bell-Purdom Gang during the United States Civil War, including their capture, execution and later discovery of their graves. He also talks about the execution of Bill Pigem (sic ?) at Grahamville during the United States Civil War. Mr. Hall goes on to remember the home remedy of using a mole foot for teething and names seven physicians that served the area. He comments briefly on planting and firing dark tobacco, his first memory of crop pests in the region, hogs, feeding, killing, curing and smoking meat, drying beef as a means of preservation, and talks about barbecuing different meats and sauces used. He recalls herb doctor Joe Bass and the medicine show called "Bottle Stopper and Popcorn", including individuals in the show. He tells of sightings of elk, bear and other wildlife in the old Kentucky Ordnance Works property and surrounding area.
Charlie H. Hall
Hall, Charlie H.
History -- McCracken County (KY)
United States -- History -- 1861-1865, Civil War -- Jackson Purchase
Kentucky Ordnance Works
Folklore --McCracken County (KY)
Kentucky Oral History Commission
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