Interview with Mary Lewis Biggerstaff, February 12, 1979
Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project
Interview SummaryMary Biggerstaff was born in Hyden, Kentucky in 1899. Her father was Judge Lou Lewis. She tells of her family's pioneer background and also mentions some early residents of the area before the FNS was established. Biggerstaff was present at the first organizational meeting at the Hyden courthouse in 1925. Her father introduced Mary Breckinridge to many people in Leslie County. Biggerstaff also discusses Black families in Hyden and a Black school. She recalls the family histories of many Leslie County residents and gives the names and backgrounds of early doctors in the community, a grandmother who practiced public health, and also a number of early pharmacists. Her recollection of buildings in Hyden is extremely specific. Biggerstaff's personal acquaintance with Mary Breckinridge is related at length. She also gives some details of the Deaton-Callahan feud, among other local happenings.
Interview LC SubjectAfrican Americans--Social conditions Appalachian Region--Social life and customs Breckinridge, Mary, 1881-1965 Education--Kentucky Families. Family--history Frontier Nursing Service, Inc. Genealogy--Appalachian Region Hyden (Ky.) Judges--Kentucky Leslie County (Ky.) Medical care--Appalachian Region Physicians--Kentucky Presbyterian Church--Kentucky Race Relations--Kentucky Rural health services Slavery Traditional medicine United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
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Biggerstaff, Mary Lewis Interview by Dale Deaton. 12 Feb. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Biggerstaff, M.L. (1979, February 12). Interview by D. Deaton. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Biggerstaff, Mary Lewis, interview by Dale Deaton. February 12, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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