Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Nellie Asher, August 27, 1980

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Frontier Nursing Service delivering children

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Partial Transcript: This is an unrehearsed interview with Mrs. Nellie Asher for the Frontier Nursing Service oral history project by Dale Deaton at approximately 1:00PM on August 27, 1980 at Hyden, Kentucky. [pause in tape] What--what's your first name?

Segment Synopsis: Nellie Asher is introduced. She discusses the Frontier Nursing Service delivering her children. She talks about the rumors local people told about the FNS nurses.

Keywords: Betty Lester; Clinics; Deliver babies; Deliveries; Doctors; English; F.N.S.; FNS; Gossip; Home births; Home visits; Horses; Hospitals; Jean Tolk; Killing babies; Pregnant; Rumors; Treatment; Zilpha Roberts

Subjects: Childbirth; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Hyden (Ky.); Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medical care--Kentucky; Nurses; Rural health services

00:05:04 - "Granny" midwives / FNS / floods

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Partial Transcript: There were some granny midwives around here.

Segment Synopsis: Asher discusses the local midwives that practiced in the area before the FNS arrived. She talks about whether the FNS offered advice to the local people and whether people paid for their services. She talks about rafting and flooding on the local river.

Keywords: "Granny" midwives; Advice; Clothing; Cooking; Cost; Deliver babies; Deliveries; Diet; Drowning; Eating; F.N.S.; FNS; Fees; Floods; Food; Gossip; Health; Jobs; Logging; Logs; Medicine; Opinions; Rafts; Rivers; Saddlebags; Sanitation; Services; Working

Subjects: Childbirth; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Medical care, Cost of; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medical care--Kentucky; Medicine, Rural; Midwifery--Appalachian Region; Midwives--Appalachian Region; Nurses; Rural health--Kentucky

00:10:11 - Hyden in 1925 / making a living

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Partial Transcript: Was there a school close by where you lived?

Segment Synopsis: Asher talks about the local school. She talks about building her home. She mentions a local road being built. She talks about how she and her family made money and got food. She briefly mentions the Korean War.

Keywords: Bridges; Building; Construction; Food; Gardens; Growing; Homes; Houses; Jobs; Logging; Money; Restaurants; Roads; Wars; Working

Subjects: Coal mines and mining--Kentucky; Hyden (Ky.); Korean War, 1950-1953; Schools

00:15:13 - Alcohol

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Partial Transcript: When you ran this restaurant up here was it--was it your restaurant or did you work--

Segment Synopsis: Asher discusses the alcohol laws in the local areas concerning the sales of liquor. She talks about the woman that owned the liquor store. She talks with Betty Lester about coffee and tea.

Keywords: Alcohol; Car accidents; Coffee; Commission; Dancing; Drinking; Jobs; Liquor; Money; Restaurant; Stores; Tea; Wet counties; Working

Subjects: Alcohol--Law and legislation--Kentucky; Korean War, 1950-1953; Liquor laws--United States

00:18:44 - Mary Breckinridge / first FNS baby / Great Depression

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever meet Mrs. Breckinridge?

Segment Synopsis: Asher discusses whether she knew Mary Breckinridge. She talks about her son, Arbert being the first baby being delivered by the FNS nurses. She discusses how the Great Depression affected the area. She mentions the people that she knew who worked for the FNS.

Keywords: Agnes Lewis; Appendix; Deliver babies; Deliveries; Dr. Cooser; F.N.S.; FNS; Great Depression; Hospitals; Jobs; Opinions; Orphans; Wendover; Working

Subjects: Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965; Childbirth; Depressions--1929--Kentucky; Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Nurses

00:25:10 - Medical care

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Partial Transcript: Well, have you got anything else you want to tell us?

Segment Synopsis: Asher talks about Dr. Cooser and the medical care he gave her sons, including treatment for fevers, and pneumonia which involved a blood transfusion. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Ailments; Alcohol baths; Blood transfusions; Children; Cures; Diseases; Doctors; Dr. Cooser; F.N.S.; FNS; Fainting; Fevers; Helping; Home visits; Illnesses; Pneumonia; Sickness; Temperature; Treatment

Subjects: Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medical care--Kentucky; Physicians--Kentucky