Interview with Shiloh Gay, September 8, 1978

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Shiloh Gay was born around 1890 and recalls some early settlers on Big Bullskin Creek as well as details of daily life in the late 1800s. He tells about salt wells at Oneida, and explains how people lived off the land. Most people farmed in the summer and worked in the coal mines during the winter. Gay discusses the end of the century, when people began to run timber down the rivers on rafts. He remembers Mary Breckinridge signing up men to work and wagons and teams to haul supplies when she was setting up the outpost center at Brutus, and he tells of the nurses' work in the area. Gay's family weathered the Depression better than most because his daughter worked for the FNS and his wife did laundry for the nurses.

Interview Accession

1979oh018_fns019

Interviewee Name

Shiloh Gay

Interviewer Name

Alden Gay

Interview Date

1978-09-08

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Gay, Shiloh Interview by Alden Gay. 08 Sep. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gay, S. (1978, September 08). Interview by A. Gay. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gay, Shiloh, interview by Alden Gay. September 08, 1978, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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