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Wendover Road, March, 1959  
Both cover photographs were taken by Virginia Rranham  
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FRONTIER NURSING SERVICE QUARTERLY 1sUi.i.E‘rii~1  
Published Quarterly by the Frontier Nursing Service, Inc., Lexington, Ky. `
Subscription Price $1.00 21 Year
Edit0r’s Oiiice: Wendover, Kentucky Oi
VOLUME 34 SPRING. 1959 NUMBER 4 `  
"Enterod ns second class matter June 30, 1926, at the Post Ofllce at Lexington, K ., .~ '
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under Act of March   l879." _ `
Copyright, 1959, Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.  ~°,
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 CONTENTS
  , ARTICLE AUTHOR PAGE
A School Clinic Anne Candle 3
{ A Wonderful Stream Is the River _
{ l of Time (Verse) B. F. Taylor 2
x C American Association of
Nurse-Midwives 12
Beyond the Mountains 37
` Editor’s Own Page 41
  Field Notes 42
I Became a Courier Jane Clark 20
· In Memoriam 23
I Keeping a Family VVhole Noel Smith 10
  Old Courier News 17
  é Old Staff News 31
  l Our Mail Bag 16
i Report on Field Work Experience Myriam Castro 28
  Temporary Quarters on Wolf Creek A Photograph Inside Back
"V Cover
  Urgent Needs (Illus.) 5
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é I BRIEF BITS
  A Letter From Formosa Lillian Chang 47
  An Irish Toast 15
C . Frustrated Hen 4
 _ ·  Implications of the Census Frances P. Bolton 30
Q  Just Jokes 19
 . Nursery Rhymes From the Royal
  Collection Banbury Chap Books 22
 ` One of Our Children J. F. 27
V ? Contributed 4
‘ { Roy Lee and His Mother A Photograph 40
 I Twenty-one The Countryman 15
 xl White Elephant 36
  Who Owes Whom? The Colonial Crier 30
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Hyden Hospital mountain has been "crawling." It started
  with the terrible rains of the flood winter of 1957. This past
  winter the freezing and thawing caused more movement on the
ii hillside with such pressure that it wrought havoc with the Hos-
5 pital water system. We start off our Hyden Hospital Plant
Urgent Needs with a new well.

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The Winter Bulletin told of trouble in the old well—a story .
with a happy ending; but, alas, the ink was hardly dry on its
pages when the hillside "crawled" a bit farther, causing a cave-in , |
at the bottom of the well. The casing, drop pipe, and sucker rods ’
were jammed together in such a way that they could not be  
gotten out. We had to drill a new well. 4
Our friend and vice-chairman of our Red Bird Committee, `
Mr. Oakley Spurlock, who has the rare gift of a water diviner,  
came over to Hyden and located the site for the new well, on a V _
hillock to one side of the old one and, we confidently hope, out-
side of the path of the "crawling" area. We struck a subter- _
ranean river which should more than meet our needs. The well
is 210 feet deep. The cost for drilling was $2.50 per foot—a total (
of $525.00. We hope very much that 210 people each will want to
give a foot of the well—namely $2.50. Please—no more than it
a foot per person because we want to list, and keep forever in
our archives, the 210 names of our "well diggers." .
We list below the costs—apart from the drillings of the 0
well—connected with this new water supply for Hyden Hospital.
We shall be deeply grateful to any and everyone who may be so
kind as to make gifts toward meeting these costs. i
Well Casing: 62'—6"-—galvanized ......................................................._...... $ 132,31 i
Drop Pipe: 190'—11/;"—galvanized ...................................i.i....i..........._.... 151.31
Pump Unit (Submersible): Installed ............................................_..._..... 953,26 i
Pipe Line: Connecting pump with underground tank—Plastic pipe,
fittings, labor .....i.............................................................................,... 91.35 _
Pump House (Concrete Block—8’ x 8': Blocks, cement, roofiing,
insulation, etc ...................................................................................... 135.93 ‘
This same "crawling" hillside made it necessary for us to sta- 5
bilize Joy House on its foundations. Howard K. Bell Engineering
firm, Lexington, Kentucky, made the initial survey, as a courtesy;
and the work was done by Smith and Brown Construction Co.,
Hazard, at a total cost for perforated drain pipe, steel, gravel,
labor, etc. of .............................................. i ..................................................... 3,487.30 I
All of the Hospital Plant buildings—Hospital, Hospital Annex, .|
Haggin Quarters, Mardi Cottage, and Joy House had to be painted. `
This was done last fall, before Mr. Ward, an excellent painter in
Hazard who has done our work for years, moved to Ohio. The cost
of this was as follows:  
Hospital (trim)—Material and labor ........................................................ 516,55 1
Hospital Annex—Material and labor ........................................................ 296,85  
Haggin Quarters (trim)—Material and labor ........................................ 532.10  
Mardi Cottage—Material and labor ........................................................ 192.65  {
Joy House—Material and labor .................................................................. 250.00 · ,
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QUARTERLY BULLETIN 7
_ Below are additional, miscellaneous, essential items for the
Hospital Plant:
K l HYDEN HOSPITAL
L Dishwashing Machine-Commercial Type: completely installed-
` quoted @ ........................................ - ........................,............................ 1,645.87
i Note: We are required by the State Department of Health
i ' to install this dishwasher in the Hospital kitchen. We must
‘= meet this specification as soon as possible.
‘ Water Heater-Coal fired: Quoted @ ...................................................... 315.00
iT Vinyl Plastic Tile: For district nurse’s clinic iloor-estimated @ .... 125.00
_ Floor Maintenance Machine: Quoted @ ....................l.........,................... 205.25
_ Water Fountain for Clinic: Dr. Beasley’s special request-esti-
‘ mated @ ...................................................................,....v...................... 100.00
Plastic Pillow Protectors-6: ...........................,........,............_.,..,............. 6.33
Knee Socks: for patients (O.R. and delivery rooms)-white cotton
c -6 pairs @ .75 .......,.......................................................................... 4.50
Milk Pails—-with lids: 1% gal. capacity @ ............................................ 4.60
» HAGGIN QUARTERS
Metal Cabinet-Kitchen Sink: Replaced @ .............t............................ $ 154.99
' Cabinet Shower: Cabinet and installation-estimated @ .................... 180.00
Sofa and Winged Chair: Repaired and re-upholstered ........................ 120.00
Hot Water Tank: Replacement (old one not repairable) galvanized
_ steel with jacket, 220 gallon capacity-completely installed
. _ -quoted @ .......................................................................................... 384.00
MARDI COTTAGE
Electric Range: Replacing one 18 years old-no longer repairable..$ 199.00
Lounge Chairs: 2-for living room. Repaired and re-upholstered
` @ 45.00 .......................................................r...r..................................... 90.00
  WENDOVER
' 1. Garden House-Creosoted: (last done in 1953)-materials and
labor estimated ................................................................................... $ 400.00
¥ 2. Tilting Arbor Bench Saw: (badly needed for use by our fore-
man to save time and labor in making carpentry repairs,
cupboards, tables, etc. for Wendover and 6 outpost centers)
‘ -includes-10" chisel tooth saw; mitre gauge; rip fence and
, rip fence rack; motor pulleys and V-belt; motor mount-
J quoted @ .............................................................................................. 101.50
. Motor for above: % H.P. (ball bearing) quoted @ .................... 33.95
Side Table Extensions: for above-2 @ $11.95 .......................... 23.90
Power Tool Bench: (cheaper to buy than construct)-
quoted @ .............................................................................................. 15.95
3. Paling Fence-Around Garden: (palings rived out of our own
oak timber)-labor and nails ........................................................ 158.00
I 4. Hot Water Heater: replacement (old one not repairable)- gal-
W vanized, 120 gallon capacity-installed @ ................................ 129.55
5. Lower Shelf (6 rooms and bath): painted-materials and labor 91.33
6. Window Shades: 20-replacements in 5 buildings ........................ 67.85
7. Organ in Chapel: repaired and put in good order .......................... 20.00
  8. Cow Pasture Fence: repaired, using our own oak timber-
( splitting rails and putting up fence ............................................ 71.13
K" 9. Chicken Houses»—5: renovated (repaired, whitewashed, creo-
:1; soted, etc.; and lots sown in hairy vetch and essex rape)- `
j materials and labor-estimated .................................................... 120.00
 l 10. Locust Posts: for repair of fences-93-7' posts @ 55c .............. 51.15
 E 11. Chicken Fountains: 4 @ $1.25 ............................................................ 5.00
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THE GEORGIA VVRIGHT CLEARING
1. House Painted: exterior; 1—coat; interior: 3—large rooms———
materials and labor—estimated   ..».......................................,... $ 150.00
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Two old faithfuls, Camp and Maudie, have gone to greener l
pastures this past year. Before winter, we need a new horse, six i
to eight years old, gaited, well-mannered, and suited to rough ~’
mountain trails ........,......,......................»... . ............,.,..................,................... $ 200.00  
BEECH FORK NURSING CENTER 9
Jessie Preston Draper Memorial
1. Center—Painted: includes carpentry repairs to screens and
porches before painting—materials and labor—estimated .... $ 350.00
2. Cabinet Sink-Kitchen: to replace 32-year-old sink—sink, pipe,
and installation—estimated ............................................................. 300.00 ·
3. Pipe Line—Barn to Water Trough in Pasture: ditching, plastic
pipe, labor—estimated ...................................................................... 150.00
4. Power Line—Center to Barn: insulation off»replaced——mate-
rials and labor .................................................................................... 26.70
5. Slip Covers: for 3 winged chairs—materials and making-
estimated ...........................,........... _ ._................................................... 50.00
6. Hearth Rug—Olson: for living room—size 27" x 42"—quoted @ 5.88
BRUTUS NURSING CENTER
Belle Barrett Hughitt Memorial _
1. Water Tank (29 years old): repairs—hole patched; new conical
roof; tank and hoops painted—materials and labor ................ $ 164.93
2. Fire Hydrant: hose house re-roofed; pipe line unblocked 3 _"
places—rooiing and labor ................................................................ 34.25 ¤
3. Hot Water Heater—Electric: includes special circuit and in-
stallation—quoted @ ......................................................................... 150.00
4. Slip Covers: for 4 lounge chairs and daybed—38 yards material
and making—estimated .................................................................... 80.00 .
5. Beds—2 Hollywood Type: coil springs with legs; 2 old mat- ,
tresses made over—estimated ........................................................ 60.00
6. Center-Painted: includes carpentry repairs to porches, steps
and screens before painting—materials and labor estimated 500.00
7. Cow Barn: new board roof; and whitewashing—materials and
labor estimated ................................................................................... 40.00
We would more than appreciate 1, 2, or 3 gallons of interior #
paint (to be put on by the nurses or couriers) @ ................................ 4.00
CONFLUENCE NURSING CENTER _
"Possum Bend"—Frances Bolton ,
Before next winter’s flood season this nursing center must be evacuated W
under orders of the Government of the United States, which will tear down  
all of the buildings in behalf of the Buckhorn Dam Reservoir. Meanwhile, -
two nurses, two horses, and a jeep are still busy in an area where our work I
began in 1927. Needless to say we are not replacing anything at this center `?]`
or making any improvements on it. A picture of it will be on the cover of {
our Summer Bulletin and stories about it will be inside this Bulletin. With (
the money the Government gives us we shall relocate and rebuild next year .;
the Frances Bolton Nursing Center in one of the areas wanting it. —‘

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FLAT CREEK NURSING CENTER
Caroline Butler Atwood Memorial
` 1. Center—Creosoted; Trim—Painted: includes carpentry repairs
;‘ before painting—materials and labor estimated ...................... $ 400.00
` [ 2. Deep Well Pump: breakdown necessitating pulling sucker rods
* and drop pipe—parts and labor ,..............,.................................... 329.94
i 3. Septic Tank—Wooden Cover: replaced—lumber and labor .......... 40.00
  4. Slip Covers—Living· Room: for 4 chairs and 1 day bed—38
. yards material and making——estimated ........................................ 80.00
T 5. Sewing Machine: treadle—used, but in good condition-
» quoted @ .............................................................................................. 15.00
6. Pressure Canner: needed for sterilizing delivery packs for mid- V
wifery saddlebags—quoted @ .................,...................................... 21.95
7. Electric Toaster: ........,.,.....__......,,__...__,,._,,..,_...._.,,..,,.....,,...,......_.._.,,....._ 10.75
8. Clinic Scales: ...................._.....................,_................................................ 8.18
9. Curtains: for bedrooms—4 pairs made by maid—10 yards
material .................................................,.............................................. 5.50
RED BIRD NURSING CENTER
Clara Ford
1. Cabinet Sink: for kitchen»—to replace 31-year-old sink for
which necessary fittings are no longer available—cabinet
sink only——quoted @ ...........................,............................................ $ 180.00
Mr. Floyd Bowling and Mr. Oscar Bowling, of our Red Bird
District Committee, have kindly agreed to install this badly
needed equipment as a courtesy.
2. Trim on Log Center—Painted: includes carpentry repairs~·
· materials and labor-—estimated @ ................................................ 400.00
3. Center—Road Bridge: stone retaining walls washed out in win-
ter. Walls rebuilt and Hoor relaid—cement and labor ............ 75.00
c 4. Barn—Feed Room: carpentry repairs and rough plaster coat
2 put on over old wire to make bug and rat proof—materials
and labor—estimated @ .................................................................. 40.00
5. Cow Pasture-—Reseeded: phosphate, seed, and labor .................... 31.30
6. Water Pump—Motor: cleaned and repaired .................................... 16.50
_ 7. Chicken House and Lot: new roof; wire around lot replaced-
materials and labor ........ . ................................................................. 45.47
' 8. Screen Door: for entrance porch ........................................................ 8.90
9. Canvas for Porch Chairs: 6 yds. @ 78c ............................................ 4.85
WOLF CREEK NURSING CENTER
Margaret Durbin Harper Memorial
( Temporary Quarters
(See Inside Back Cover)
1. Electric Range: includes running special circuit——estimated @..35 225.00
` 2. Hot Water Heater: includes running special circuit——esti—
{ mated @ .·............................................................... . .............................. 150.00
~; 3. Heating Stove: transferred from Beech Fork and installed in
vi Wolf Creek Clinic—moving and installation .............................. 26.19
· 4. Barn: work done on one end of tobacco barn to make suitable
_ I for 2 horses and a cow: rooiing, windows, labor ...................... 64.74
il` 5. Bed—Hollywood Type: coil springs with legs—with old mat-
 { tress made over—estimated ............................................................ 30.00
( 6. Pressure Canner: for sterilizing nursing supplies—quoted @ .... 21.95
»a 7. Linoleum Rugs: 4—size 9 x 12 for clinic and waiting room ........ 23.80
 " 8. Drug Cabinet: small, wooden, with lock——materials and labor .... 15.49

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KEEPING A FAMILY WHOLE i
by E
NOEL SMITH ~ ‘
Former Social Service Secretary, AOPi Fund V
Reprinted from To Dragma, Spring, 1958  
It has been at least six months since Mavey first came to me. jj
She knocked very faintly at my office door, and I knew from the ;
knock that it was a stranger. "Come right in," I called, and a
few seconds later the door inched open, and in slipped a girl of
about twelve.
"You Miss Smith ‘?" wavered the thin little voice. "I came
to git help." ~
"What’s the matter ‘?" I asked. "I’ll give it to you if I can."
"Well, some women on the creek told me to find you. They’s _~
eight young’uns and our Pappy and Mamma’s gone and can’t
take care of us. Daddy took sick in the mines and they sent
him to the big hospital in Louisville, Ma took a nervous spell a A
while back and had to go to the hospital," she said as her frail
hand swept her hair back from her face and she stared at her
shoes. ‘
"Who have you been staying with ‘?" I asked. .
"We stayed at home, just getting by." As Mavey continued,
I learned that a cousin had taken the children in, but did not have
enough to keep them on and was scrimping for her own children
to give the orphans enough. As things looked, the children would
seem to have to be split up among the neighbors for support.
Within an hour the same morning, Mavey and I, in the jeep, A
pulled up below a hillside covered with piles of coal. Half way
up the hill sat a plank house which looked like an old barge that I
had somehow been dumped and abandoned on the mountain. We I
scrambled up the hill onto the porch where a very pale woman
sat motionless, waiting for us. "This here’s Miss Smith," said ,
Mavey to the woman. Apparently that was all the introduction I
necessary, for without a word the woman ushered us in. .
The room was extremely bare. In the middle stood an old  
pot bellied stove, and around it, two chairs and an old orange  
crate. A broken baby crib stood in the far corner, underneath the 7
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l "They said you might could help these young’uns, Miss
l Smith. I would have fetched you myself, but I had these young-
g ’uns to mind. I got six myself and my man is not able to work.
" He’s had an operation. But it’s Mattie’s young’uns I’m worried
, about. They ain’t got a thing and we just can’t give them enough.
  I’ve used up all my canned goods that was supposed to last all
V winter."
ll I did some quick mental calculation as the pale, tired woman
A continued the conversation. They paid 20 cents a person a day
for hot lunches at school, and hence were assured of at least one
good meal a day. After talking it over with them, I made plans
. to go to the school the next day to arrange that the children work
in return for their lunches. This still left the problem of what
A to feed them while they were at the house.
, Fortunately, it was only two weeks until they would put in
A a garden, and after discussion, we arranged that the Social Serv-
ice Department would buy them extra garden seeds that they
could plant for themselves. Until the crop came in, I would put
i them on what is termed a "grocery order." This meant that I
would go to the nearest good grocer and arrange to have the
‘ family charge $20.00 worth of groceries per month to the Social
l Service Department for Mavey’s sisters and brothers. Then, to
I take care of their clothes, I would send them any used clothing
they needed.
Y "You’d better stay the night with us," came the familiar
i partingiphrase. Although they hadn’t enough to feed themselves,
they would have welcomed me to stay as long as I could, for one
t finds a very rare kind of hospitality in the mountains.
Now it is winter, and Mavey’s parents have returned and
» taken the children back to their own house. The mother is doing
very well after her nervous breakdown and has made bright
curtains and bed spreads for the whole house. The father, still
, having difficulty with his back, is unable to work and must return
l to the Veterans Hospital for periodic check-ups. They are still
  on grocery order and will be until some arrangement is made for
q more permanent compensation, which is now in process. The
` , important thing, however, is to keep the family together and the
I children in school and assure their mother of enough support to
l keep her as happy and secure as possible.

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The Annual Meeting of the American Association of Nurse-
Midwives will take place at Wendover, Kentucky, on Saturday,
October 17, 1959. All of the members who attend are invited for
lunch at 12:00 noon on Saturday. Those who attend from a dis- ,
tance are invited to stay with the Frontier Nursing Service from
Friday, October 16, to Monday, October 19. We are deeply hon-
ored to have as our guest speaker this year Dr. John Whitridge, A
Jr., Chief of the Bureau of Preventive Medicine of the State of
Maryland Department of Health, who will speak to us on how
much good maternity care relates to the broad iield of preventive ,
medicine, "particularly mental health, crippled children’s serv-
ices, prevention of juvenile delinquency, and a basis for solid
family formation." Notices of the meeting will go out to the ‘
members, but this Bulletin lends its pages for this advance notice .
in the hope that those who subscribe to it can make their plans
early to attend the me