Interview with Elisha Shepherd, June 8, 1980

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Elisha Shepherd was born in Hazard, Kentucky in 1919 and moved to Leslie County in 1931. He talks about the difficulty of providing such things as shoes in a large family. At the age of twelve, Shepherd plowed the farm, tending corn, potatoes, garden vegetables, and cane. After the family moved to Thousandsticks, Shepherd helped to sell vegetables they raised in order to buy staples. He talks about "workings" of various kinds with square dancing afterward. He also comments upon the 1927 flood, relief during the Great Depression, and rationing during World War Two. As a young man, Shepherd helped his father and his grandfather work on the county roads. He describes his later work in the mines and gives details of mining operations. Shepherd recalls a period of violence when the United Mine Workers Union was being organized in the area, and he also remembers people being murdered during elections, including "school elections." Shepherd comments upon "granny women," herb doctors, and persons who sold herbs in the area. He tells of the FNS coming to Leslie County and indicates that the nurses delivered two of his children. He praises FNS services, reasonable fees, and various personnel.

Interview Accession

1982oh032_fns175

Interviewee Name

Elisha Shepherd

Interviewer Name

Sadie W. Stidham

Interview Date

1980-06-08

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Shepherd, Elisha Interview by Sadie W. Stidham. 08 Jun. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Shepherd, E. (1980, June 08). Interview by S. W. Stidham. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Shepherd, Elisha, interview by Sadie W. Stidham. June 08, 1980, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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