Oral Histories - Ohio River Portrait
FA 656 OH0053LA Larry Purcel.mp3
FA 656 OH0053LA
Rivers -- Cumberland, Ohio and Tennessee
Larry Purcell speaks on his life and musseling as a trade along the lakes and rivers in Western Kentucky. He discusses aspects of commercial musseling in Western Kentucky during the late 1980s and early 1990s including mussel types, boat construction, shell uses, Buying prices, Mussel Association, River Polution, river trash, Towboat trash, and Sand Bars.
Western Kentucky University
Linda Kinsey Adams
Ohio River Folk Life Project
Permission must be obtained from Western Kentucky University, Manuscripts and Folklife Archives, prior to reuse of these recordings
Larry Purcell, professional musseler, was born in Paducah, KY on February 10, 1944, to Barney and Louise Purcel. He attended St. Johns and Lone Oak Schools before starting work as an ironworker. He married Glenda Hannie in August 1964. They had two children, Bobbie Purcell and Tina Purcell. He worked in construction, traveling the country before retiring and becoming a professional musseler.