Interview with Mary Pennington, April 15, 1980

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Mary Pennington, one of eleven children, was born in Laurel County in 1904. Her family came to Leslie County in 1908 to join her brothers already living there. She describes Hyden in the early days as a violent place and indicates that sometimes two or three people would be murdered at one time. Pennington completed the eighth grade and married when she left school. Her husband worked in the mines at Manchester besides farming intensively and worked on the railroad while they were living for a time at Viper. Pennington's family owned the first battery radio in the area and also an Edison record player. Times were difficult during the Great Depression, since her husband was unemployed, but they had their own hogs to butcher and two milk cows, as well as horses and mules. She relates that people could not buy meat, so it was necessary for people to raise their own. Pennington recalls Mary Breckinridge coming to the area, but her family did not use FNS services; her babies were delivered by local doctors.

Interview Accession

1982oh031_fns174

Interviewee Name

Mary Pennington

Interviewer Name

Sadie W. Stidham

Interview Date

1980-04-15

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Pennington, Mary Interview by Sadie W. Stidham. 15 Apr. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Pennington, M. (1980, 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.

Pennington, Mary, interview by Sadie W. Stidham. April 15, 1980, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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