Interview with Mary Huff Stidham, April 15, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Mary Stidham was born at Confluence in 1909. Because she was ill a great deal, she did not do the family chores that most children performed. Stidham tells of a local doctor with no formal medical education who cured her of "the fever." Her family had a store and brought in goods from Perry County by wagon and mule team. Stidham left high school to go to work for the FNS at the Bowlingtown [Bullskin Creek] Clinic, where she cooked, cleaned, milked the cow, and fed the horses. Her father, a member of the Confluence Committee, donated the land for the Center and helped to build it. Stidham later worked for another center and for the hospital at Hyden. She talks about community life and "workings" of various kinds. Stidham's family was not particularly affected by the Depression; her father's small pension from the Spanish-American War provided some ready cash, and the farm supplied the rest of their needs.

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1979oh199_fns098

Interviewee Name

Mary Huff Stidham

Interviewer Name

Sadie W. Stidham

Interview Date

1979-04-15

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Stidham, Mary Huff Interview by Sadie W. Stidham. 15 Apr. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Stidham, M.H. (1979, April 15). Interview by S. W. Stidham. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Stidham, Mary Huff, interview by Sadie W. Stidham. April 15, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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