Interview with Sarah Hall, October 12, 1979

Project: Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Sarah Hall recalls her great grandfather's stories of life during the Civil War and tales of her grandmother, a Native American who ran away from her family when she was fifteen. Hall's father was a mail carrier in the local area. She went to school at the age of four because her eight-year-old sister would not go until Hall went with her. She tells of bean stringings, log rollings, and other "workings" and of communal suppers afterward. When clinics were held by the FNS nurses for children to be vaccinated, her mother would take all of the children on two horses. Hall was married at fifteen, and her husband went to work in the coal mines. Her house was always in demand as a place to board for loggers and miners. Hall and her husband raised a number of children for other people, but the parents always reclaimed them; the Halls were finally able to keep one child brought to them with pneumonia. The FNS nurses visited her family, and she later cooked for the nurses at the Beech Fork Center and assisted them when they needed help. Hall served on the FNS committee for Leslie County, and she and her father contributed money for the establishment of the small hospital at Hyden.

Interview Accession

1980oh044_fns142

Interviewee Name

Sarah Hall

Interviewer Name

Susan Schacht

Interview Date

1979-10-12

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Hall, Sarah Interview by Susan Schacht. 12 Oct. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hall, S. (1979, October 12). Interview by S. Schacht. Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hall, Sarah, interview by Susan Schacht. October 12, 1979, Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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