Interview with Bertha Howard, July 26, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Bertha Howard was born in 1901 and came to Kentucky in 1916. She then attended Pine Mountain Settlement School where students worked for their board and tuition. When she left the school after two years, she took a factory job in Knoxville. Howard remembers various activities in her community as she was growing to adulthood in Leslie County. She talks about bad roads and the lack of electricity and telephones. Howard also tells of people seeing an airplane for the first time before ever hearing of one. Preserving food at home and making soap are discussed, as well as various home remedies. "Granny women" delivered Howard's babies before the FNS came into the area, and she notes the differences between their services and those of the nurse-midwives. Howard also mentions the difficulty of convincing the local people to accept modern medical practices.

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1982oh144_fns186

Interviewee Name

Bertha Howard

Interviewer Name

Sadie W. Stidham

Interview Date

1979-07-26

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Howard, Bertha Interview by Sadie W. Stidham. 26 Jul. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Howard, B. (1979, July 26). Interview by S. W. Stidham. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Howard, Bertha, interview by Sadie W. Stidham. July 26, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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