Liz Enloe

Center for Cultural Preservation


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00:00:00 - Liz Enloe introduces herself

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Partial Transcript: Liz introduces herself and gives a brief background. She grew up in Edneyville. They lived on Clear Creek and later moved to Chestnut Gap Rd. She went to school and after college she married and moved back to Edneyville.

Keywords: Chestnut Gap Rd., school; Clear Creek Road; Edneyville

Subjects: A little background

00:02:10 - Her grandparents.

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks about her grandparents. They farmed and her grandfather lived on Clear Creek Road. Her grandparents had 6 children. Her grandfather was much older than her grandmother. Like most people, they grew their own food, had animals, and didn’t go to town much. They grew potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, and lots of corn. It was a major task to keep the house warm. They did a lot of drying of the food. They may have had a smokehouse and probably cooled the food by putting it in the spring. They bought coffee, sugar, and flour. They sold eggs to purchase coffee and other things. They would also trade with neighbors for items.

Keywords: , sweet potatoes; beans; coffee; corn; flour; sold eggs; sugar; Clear Creek Road

Subjects: Grandparents

00:06:01 - The community Liz grew up in.

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05:58 Liz talks about the community she grew up in and how it is different from today. Neighbors got together for corn shucking and hog killings. People visit more than they do now. People went to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Sometimes they went to Liberty Baptist Church. Walking was a big part of getting from one place to another. Her father went to school in Liberty and her younger sister, who was only 3, decided to go too. It was a 2 or 3-mile walk.

Keywords: Liberty Baptist Church; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Subjects: Changes

00:07:12 - Flood damage

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks about where her parents lived, the house was on Clear Creek Road. This was in the upper part of the Edneyville community. In 1916 the creek became large and flooded. It damaged the house. Her grandmother put the children up in the attic because water was coming in.

Keywords: 1916 the creek flooded

Subjects: creek over flowing

00:08:30 - The girls leave home for Bethany Home in Glendale Ohio.

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks more about her grandparent’s children. The youngest was 1 the oldest was 11. In June of 1917, the 3 older girls went to the Bethany Home in Glendale Ohio with the Sisters of the Transfiguration. The sisters had a home in Bat Cave and every year they came back for a retreat and they did mission work. After the flood, it was the mission of the sisters to help as much as possible and to make sure girls got an education. Her aunts were 12, 7, and 4 the last sister followed in 1919. The girls all went on to college married and never really came back.

Keywords: Bat Cave; Glendale, Ohio; Sisters of the Transfiguration; retreat; Bethany Home

Subjects: Bethany Home

00:13:13 - What we learned from the flood.

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks about the lessons that we learned from the 1916 flood. We have the opportunity to control the water by what we build and to not build in flood plains. We should try to control erosion and preserve what we have. There are many houses built today on the side of the mountain Liz talks about what the consequences would be for them if there was another flood.

Keywords: control erosion; flood plains; control the water

Subjects: lessons learned

00:15:04 - Lessons we could teach our children.

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Partial Transcript: Liz discussed what lessons we could teach our children to help them survive a disaster such as the 1916 flood. The flood was not really spoken about. It was just one of those life events that happened, people just had to go and make the best of things. People were more concerned with being prepared. Making sure they had what they would need to make it through a year.

Keywords: survive a disaster

Subjects: learned from the 1916 flood

00:17:35 - The resilience of the people.

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks about the resilience of the people back then compared to the people today. They did not have money so they needed to rely on what they grew. They had to put away and save. They had the idea that you don’t live day to day. Young folks today spend whatever they have. What money they had they felt they had to keep.

Keywords: Resilience

Subjects: Then vs. now

00:17:51 - Flood damage.

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks more about the flood and how it affected the whole western part of the state. She talks about her mother-in-law’s family who lived over by the Broad River their house was damaged in the flood. They were fortunate because they were able to move on, some people couldn’t.

Keywords: Broad River

Subjects: Flood damage

00:18:52 - What the younger generation will lose.

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Partial Transcript: Liz discusses what young people lose when they do not connect with the past. They have a self-endowed feeling. Kids today do not have to help the family, take care of crops, and contribute to the family. Now people just go to the store and buy it.

Keywords: self-endowed

Subjects: What do kid lose

00:20:59 - Kids need to look around for opportunities.

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Partial Transcript: Liz talks about the fact that kids need to look around for opportunities and take advantage of them. Her aunts talked about being away from home but never complained. They felt they were very fortunate that they got that opportunity. Kids today expect to go to college but back then it was very rare.

Keywords: opportunities

Subjects: Kids today

00:22:15 - Bethany Home.

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Partial Transcript: Liz closes by talking more about the Bethany Home. There were other girls who went. It was a girl’s school. Liz names a few others that went from the community.

Keywords: Bethany Home; girl’s school

Subjects: Bethany Home