Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Fannie Lewis, March 18, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Early childhood

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Fannie Lewis for the Oral History Project Frontier Nursing Service by Sadie W. Stidham...

Segment Synopsis: Fannie Lewis is introduced. She talks about growing up in Leslie County on White Oak Creek and attending school in a one-room schoolhouse.

Keywords: Distance; Lunches; Quitting school; Schoolhouses; White Oak Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Childhood; Education--Kentucky; Leslie County (Ky.); Rural children; Rural conditions; Rural schools--Kentucky

GPS: White Oak Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1192604, -83.2123961
00:02:49 - Stores / work

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Partial Transcript: Okay what about, uh, stores? How many stores did you have?

Segment Synopsis: Lewis talks about the distance to the nearest store in her community, and talks about the types of work her family did in order to earn money to buy supplies at the store.

Keywords: "Sang"; "Senging"; Buying; Distance; Earning money; Ginseng; Mules; Post offices; Selling; Wages; Working

Subjects: Country life; Farm life--Appalachian Region; General stores; Rural conditions; Traditional farming--Kentucky

GPS: White Oak Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1192604, -83.2123961
00:06:08 - Transportation and technology

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Partial Transcript: Were there any, uh--how, how about the roads where you lived?

Segment Synopsis: Lewis says the roads in the White Oak community were so bad that cars still cannot travel them. She talks about walking or using mules for transportation. She talks about electricity, telephones, cars, and other technology in the community.

Keywords: Automobiles; Cars; Electricity; Greasy Creek (Ky.); Mules; Radios; Telephones; Traveling; Walking; White Oak Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Country life; Rural conditions; Rural electrification--Kentucky; Rural roads; Transportation--Kentucky

GPS: Greasy Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.990369, -83.312124
00:08:27 - Churches

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Partial Transcript: Uh, h--what about the churches up in that section?

Segment Synopsis: Lewis talks about the distance to the nearest church, and talks about the activities the church provided.

Keywords: Annual meetings; Church of Christ; Cutshin (Ky.); Maggard's Branch (Ky.); Picnics; Preachers; White Oak Creek (Ky.)

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Religion; Country life; Rural churches; Rural conditions

GPS: Cutshin (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.200402, -83.343037
00:10:36 - Medical services

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Partial Transcript: What, uh, what medical services did you have up there in, uh, on White Oak?

Segment Synopsis: Lewis says they did not have medical services on White Oak Creek except the herbs they gathered themselves. She talks about the "granny women" that assisted with childbirth, and says that the Frontier Nursing Service clinics and other doctors were too far from her home to use.

Keywords: "Granny women"; Churches; Clinics; Cutshin (Ky.); Doctors; Dr. Baker; Herb doctors; Herbs; Home remedies; Hyden (Ky.); Mary Breckinridge; Spiritual healing; Treatments; Worms

Subjects: Childbirth; Country life; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Health facilities.; Maternal health services.; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Rural conditions; Rural health services; Traditional medicine

GPS: Hyden (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.163333, -83.375
00:15:47 - Major historical events

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Partial Transcript: How long did you live up there on White Oak?

Segment Synopsis: Lewis talks more about her father's work. She discusses her remembrance of events such as the Great Depression, World War I, the Flu Epidemic, and World War II. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Ancestors; Farmers; Fathers; Floods; Flu epidemics; Great Depression; Herbs; Living conditions; Logging; Social activities; Traditional medicine; White Oak Creek (Ky.); Working; World War I; World War II

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Country life; Depressions--1929--Kentucky; Farm life--Appalachian Region; Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919; Rural conditions; Traditional farming--Kentucky; World War, 1914-1918; World War, 1939-1945

GPS: White Oak Creek (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1192604, -83.2123961