Interview with Nellie Asher, August 27, 1980

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

The FNS delivered Nellie Asher's first child in 1925. She asserts that in the beginning the local people would not use the nurses because of a rumor that they killed babies. Asher indicates that all of the medicine that her family needed was provided by the FNS. She also remembers one nurse who nearly drowned trying to ford the river at flood stage. Asher's father logged for a living, and she recalls some local businesses in Hyden before World War Two. Asher never met Mary Breckinridge but saw her on occasion. Breckinridge was fond of Asher's son and would see that he had a special gift at Christmas. Asher worked at Hyden hospital in the late 1930s in the kitchen and the laundry. She comments that the time she spent there now seems to have been in another century.

Interview Accession

1982oh038_fns181

Interviewee Name

Nellie Asher

Interviewer Name

Dale Deaton

Betty Lester

Interview Date

1980-08-27

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Asher, Nellie Interview by Dale Deaton. 27 Aug. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Asher, N. (1980, August 27). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Asher, Nellie, interview by Dale Deaton. August 27, 1980, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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