Interview with Primrose Bowling, December 10, 1985

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Primrose Bowling was born in England in 1928. In 1952 she came to the FNS as a registered nurse-midwife to instruct nurses in midwifery. Bowling describes Hyden as she found it upon her arrival. She also discusses misconceptions about England and the prevalence of fatalism among the local people she was trying to help. Bowling specifies the FNS policy of non-interference in a family's decision about medical treatment. She comments upon local feuding over moonshine stills and mentions the many gunshot wounds. Bowling married a local man, Bobby Bowling, in a wedding given by Mary Breckinridge at Wendover. After her marriage, Bowling worked in public health capacities in Clay, Pulaski, Wayne, Penton, and Perry Counties and also became a U.S. citizen. Much of her public health work has involved supervision of "granny" midwives.

Interview Accession

1986oh106_fns194

Interviewee Name

Primrose Bowling

Interviewer Name

Charles Bowling

Interview Date

1985-12-10

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Bowling, Primrose Interview by Charles Bowling. 10 Dec. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bowling, P. (1985, December 10). Interview by C. Bowling. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bowling, Primrose, interview by Charles Bowling. December 10, 1985, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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