Interview with Elizabeth Gawthrop, Edythe Balsley, Mary Hodge, April 17, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Elizabeth Gawthrop, Edythe Balsley, and Mary Hodge discuss their membership on the Philadelphia Committee of the Frontier Nursing Service. The interviewees talk about Mary Breckinridge's visits to the committee, as well as the group's fundraising efforts for the FNS. Mary Hodge is a member of the Breckinridge family, and gives insight into her family's genealogical background as well as the split that occurred in the family during the Civil War. She talks about the family's views of Mary Breckinridge. The interviewees discuss Mary Breckinridge's personality and her belief in spiritualism. They discuss their own belief in (and encounters with) ghosts. The interviewees discuss several factors that made the FNS appealing for young women which led to them becoming nurses or couriers, and talk about parents sending their daughters to the FNS to learn about reproduction. The interviewees discuss the impressions of Leslie County which they formed through the information given during Mrs. Breckinridge's talks to the FNS committees. They talk about articles written about Leslie County, and about how the FNS was affected by a negative article written during a mining disaster.

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1979oh183_fns082

Interviewee Name

Elizabeth Gawthrop

Edythe Balsley

Mary Hodge

Interviewer Name

Dale Deaton

Interview Date

1979-04-17

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Gawthrop, Elizabeth Interview by Dale Deaton. 17 Apr. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gawthrop, E. (1979, April 17). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gawthrop, Elizabeth, interview by Dale Deaton. April 17, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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