Photo, Print, Drawing John Bowman, of Arnett, WV

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John Bowman, of Arnett, WV
Contributor Names
Bowman, John (Depicted)
Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
Created / Published
January 31, 1996
Subject Headings
-  Winter
-  January
-  Pine Branch Road
-  Photographs
-  Ethnography
-  John Bowman no longer makes moonshine, but he assembled an old family still in order to talk with John Flynn, Lyntha Eiler, and I about the history of moonshining on Coal River. John Bowman learned from his brother, "Duck", how to make moonshine in high school, when his father was injured in the mines. As an alternative to entering the mines, making moonshine became a way for Bowman to stay in high school while contributing to the support of the household. Among his best customers were the school bus driver, the high school principal, and a state trooper or two. Bowman's comments on the moonshiner's finely-tuned knowledge of forest species, waterways and water quality, and cove topography may be heard in the audio portion of this collection.
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C072-01
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Bowman, John, and Lyntha Scott Eiler. John Bowman, of Arnett, WV. , 1996. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed August 17, 2017.)

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Bowman, J. & Eiler, L. S. (1996) John Bowman, of Arnett, WV. , 1996. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Bowman, John, and Lyntha Scott Eiler. John Bowman, of Arnett, WV. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.