Interview with James Parton, May 25, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

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James Parton has been a lifelong friend of Mary Breckinridge's first cousin once removed, Brooke Alexander. Alexander was an early FNS courier and persuaded Parton to work with him during the summers of 1929 and 1930. A New York native, Parton recalls riding on horseback from the train station to Wendover on primitive trails. He offers a detailed description of a courier's life, including special opportunities such as assisting a nurse-midwife during a birth. Parton gives his impressions of Mary Breckinridge, her father (Clifton Rodes Breckinridge), and the local people. Parton was assistant cruise director of an FNS fundraising cruise in 1933 and also served on the FNS Board of Governors for two years in the early 1970s.

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1979oh226_fns118

Interviewee Name

James Parton

Interviewer Name

Anne Campbell Ritchie

Interview Date

1979-05-25

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Parton, James Interview by Anne Campbell Ritchie. 25 May. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Parton, J. (1979, May 25). Interview by A. C. Ritchie. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Parton, James, interview by Anne Campbell Ritchie. May 25, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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