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North Mississippi Women’s History Project

Transcribed Interview

Interviewee:  Robbie Ray

Place:  Union County Heritage Museum, New Albany, Mississippi

Date:  September 8, 2005

Interviewer:  Elizabeth Payne

Others present:  Elizabeth Payne, Thom Copeland, Andrew Tillman, Dave Ray, Dionne

     Bailey

00:00  Payne:  This is Robbie Ray on Sept. 8, 2005 and we are in New Albany, Mississippi.  And Robbie was born in 1921 in Macon, Mississippi.  Thank you for talking with us.

Ray:  You’re welcome.

Payne: We appreciate it.  When did you move to Union County?

Ray:  1932

Payne:  Why did you move?

00:30   Ray: Well, my father died and we had relatives down here.  And we moved to be close to the relatives.

Payne:  Who were your relatives here?

Ray:  Well, Betty Rodgers was one of them.

Payne:  Really?!

Ray:  Betty Inis.

Payne:  Really?!

Ray:  Yes and that was the reason we moved because we had relatives.

Payne: I see, so, did you know the Rutherfords?

Ray:  No.

Payne:  Did you know Harry Rutherford?

Ray:  Yes, I knew him but not personally.  He worked for the Tupelo Journal didn’t he?

Payne:  Yes, he edited the paper.  That’s my father-in-law.

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