Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Geraldine Brown, March 4, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Introduction / Frontier Nursing Service couriers

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Fayette Brown for the Frontier Nursing Service oral history project by Dale Deaton at approximately 2:30 p.m. on March 4th, 1979, at Appletree Farm, near Chagrin Falls, Ohio. [Interview begins at 00:41]

Segment Synopsis: Mrs. Fayette [Geraldine] Brown is introduced. She discusses her daughter Barbara becoming a courier for the Frontier Nursing Service. She talks about the impressions she received from her daughter and other people from the FNS of the local people that they served.

Keywords: Circumstances; Couriers; F.N.S.; FNS; Freedom; Helping; Horses; Impressions; Inspiration; Jobs; Kate Ireland; Local people; Locals; Mountains; Problems; Romanticism; Rural areas; Unfamiliar; Working

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Families.; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

00:05:18 - FNS fundraising dinners

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Partial Transcript: --you said that you think you may have met her once at Mr. Ireland's?

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses whether she ever met Mary Breckinridge. She talks about an FNS fundraising dinner she attended.

Keywords: Charity; Donations; Donors; F.N.S.; FNS; Fundraisers; Horses; Kate Ireland; Money; Pictures; Presentations; Speeches; Treasurers

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

00:08:57 - Changes in the courier program

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Partial Transcript: With--with the people in Cleveland who support FNS, is there a relationship among them?

Segment Synopsis: Interviewer Dale Deaton discusses the duties of current couriers for the FNS in comparison to couriers in the past. He details how the courier program operates.

Keywords: Automobiles; Cars; Changes; Clinics; Couriers; Differences; Duties; F.N.S.; FNS; Groups; Helping; Home visits; Horseback riding; Jeeps; Jobs; Meetings; Needs; Outposts; Patients; Responsibilities; Services; Transportation; Wendover; Work

Subjects: Cleveland (Ohio); Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Horses--Care; Volunteers

00:15:20 - Frontier Nursing Service bulletins

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Partial Transcript: Do you get the quarterly bulletin now?

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses the FNS quarterly bulletin and the improvements that could be made. She talks about the courier program and whether it changed her daughter's life. She speaks more about the bulletin and her desire for more information about the views of the local people served by the FNS.

Keywords: Anniversaries; Articles; Changes; Character; Communities; Differences; F.N.S.; FNS; Horses; Information; Informative; Knowledge; Letters; Local people; Locals; Needs; Newsletters; Responsibility; Wendover

Subjects: Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.

00:22:39 - More on the duties of Frontier Nursing Service midwives and couriers

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Partial Transcript: Do you feel as though you have a good understanding of--of nurse-midwives, and--and their abilities, and what they do from being associated with FNS?

Segment Synopsis: Interviewer Dale Deaton talks more about the duties of current couriers and how they differ from couriers in previous times.

Keywords: Adventure; Clinics; Couriers; Deliver babies; Deliveries; Differences; Duties; F.N.S.; FNS; Helping; Home health; Home visits; Horses; Hospitals; Jeeps; Jobs; Local people; Locals; Nurse-midwives; Nurses' aides; Outposts; Responsibilities; Services; Skills; Supplies; Training; Vital signs; Vitals; Work

Subjects: Childbirth; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Midwives; Nurses

00:28:53 - Local people / changes in the FNS / Mary Breckinridge

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Partial Transcript: Uh--could I ask you, how do you envision the houses in the area or the people in the area, the local people there, how do you envision them?

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks more about her impressions of the local people served by the FNS. She talks more about the changes that have occurred within the FNS and the courier program over the years. She briefly discusses Mary Breckinridge. She begins speaking about the Cleveland Committee but the interview is cut off. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Adventure; Atmosphere; Awe; Bulletins; Changes; Cleveland Committee; Development; Difficulty; Discipline; F.N.S.; FNS; Homes; Houses; Justification; Locals; Needs; Photographs; Pictures; Romanticism; Services; Simplicity

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.