Interview with Ada Combs,

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Ada Combs was born in 1905 and grew up on Bear Branch of Poll's Creek in Leslie County. She tells about her windowless one-room school and of wading through the creek to reach it. She recalls farm chores and neighborhood activities such as stir-offs, bean-stringings, and gatherings to play music. She picked duck and goose feathers, made soap, and helped her aunt make maple sugar. Her family pickled beans, made sauerkraut, and sulfured apples as well. Combs especially remembers her grandmother's first cookstove because prior to that time cakes and pies were not made in her home. Combs recalls the flu epidemic of 1918 and comments upon herb doctors and "granny women." She indicates that she was twenty-one when she first visited Hyden. Combs married and left Leslie County before the advent of the FNS.

Interview Accession

1982oh142_fns184

Interviewee Name

Ada Combs

Interviewer Name

Sadie W. Stidham

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Combs, Ada Interview by Sadie W. Stidham. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Combs, A. (n.d.). Interview by S. W. Stidham. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Combs, Ada, interview by Sadie W. Stidham. (n.d.), Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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