Interview with Jean Tolk, November 1, 1978

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Before the advent of the FNS, Jean Tolk was familiar with the lack of medical facilities in Leslie County. The Louisville Public Health Department sent her as a public health nurse to provide medical assistance to local residents in the absence of two itinerant doctors. Tolk details the establishment of a small dispensary at Dryhill, where she provided vaccinations and minor medical treatment. She tells of the visit of Mary Breckinridge and of subsequent cooperation with the FNS. Also mentioned are two murders that occurred in the course of her experience in the mid-1920s. Tolk describes Hyden during that period and comments upon conditions in Leslie County during the Depression, when government relief provided unfamiliar foods such as grapefruit.

Interview Accession

1979oh078_fns034

Interviewee Name

Jean Tolk

Interviewer Name

Dale Deaton

Interview Date

1978-11-01

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Tolk, Jean Interview by Dale Deaton. 01 Nov. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Tolk, J. (1978, November 01). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Tolk, Jean, interview by Dale Deaton. November 01, 1978, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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