Interview with Edna Rockstroh, December 1, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Edna Rockstroh was asked by Mary Breckinridge to come to work for the Frontier Nursing Service after she had served in France with the CARD effort (Committee Americaine pour les Regiones Devastees), directed by Anne Morgan. Rockstroh took her midwifery course in England, and she and Frieda Caffin came to Kentucky when the FNS was still known as the Kentucky Committee for Mothers and Babies. Rockstroh contributes many anecdotes of her experiences with Mary Breckinridge and with the local people. She suspects that she delivered the first baby delivered by the FNS in Leslie County, and she also took part in an early survey conducted by Breckinridge to determine statistics on birth and on infant and maternal mortality in three counties. Rockstroh discusses Breckinridge's occasional "trading post," at which she would barter clothing, shoes, and other items from contributors for chickens and eggs. Rockstroh also indicates what was discussed at local committee meetings. She served at the FNS beginning in 1923 and left in 1927 due to a bronchial condition.

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1979oh138_fns045

Interviewee Name

Edna Rockstroh

Interviewer Name

Dale Deaton

Interview Date

1979-12-01

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Rockstroh, Edna Interview by Dale Deaton. 01 Dec. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rockstroh, E. (1979, December 01). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rockstroh, Edna, interview by Dale Deaton. December 01, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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