STAPLETON REPORT 1927 – June “The Doctor was visiting…”

Dr. Ida Stapleton and Rev. Robert Stapleton
Line Fork 1927 – 1947
Stapleton Report – June 1927
“The Doctor was visiting A________ at whose husband’s home ‘The shootin up’ occurred ,,,”

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TRANSCRIPTION:

THE CABIN.

LINE FORK SETTLEMENT.                                                        JUNE 1927.

The Doctor was visiting Alta Lewis Cornett at whose husband’s home “The shootin up” occurred last Fall when we first came down.

She had been up to the Cabin for some baby clothes and rather hoped she might have the Doctor for her assistance at the coming baby party. But she didn’t know what the outcome would be, so when I found Granny Shepherd in attendance I knew how it had been settled. You see they can get her a week or two beforehand and that relieves all anxiety they may have about being alone at the time. Grannie was inclined to talk so I learned a good deal about her career as a midwife.

She began when she was eighteen when her own first baby was a year old. A neighbor was in need of help so “I just did fer her what had been done fer me and little by little I learned more from experience — and I read The Granny Books. I had fourteen babies of my own, several dying in early infancy and I’ve always been glad they died — for see what an awful wicked world this is. Yes, only three lived to grow up and I live with one of my sons — and I have twenty grand children. I always had a doctor to care for me except once when I was alone. Yes, this will be the 1070th baby I have “picked out,” she said.

It was an astonishing statement but it may well be true as she has been doing it for forty-nine years. From all these she had “laid out” but four babies and two mothers. She used some other expressions in telling the fact but I can’t recall it.

She told with pride how a certain doctor had said “If Granny Shepherd gives you up, nobody else can do anything.” Several times the Grannies of several counties had been called to a certain center for an examination as to their fitness and she said “I have a diploma to practice any where in Kentucky. Once we were called and I did not go as I had a woman who needed me and I sent word if they wanted to see me they could come where I was and sure ’nuff one came and saw me caring for that woman and she reasoned I was doing all right.”

One thing, she does not do any after nursing. Recently I called at one of the less favored cabins — a real old log one — where the eighth baby had just arrived a few days previously. The mother was lying across the bed with Jimmy the next in size. He had just awakened from a nap and it was quite evident he had been put to bed without any cleaning up and the flies were swarming over every thing. The “least-one” was covered by a diaper that kept the air as well as the flies out. When Jimmy saw the baby first he called her Dolly — but no name has yet been selected. Little Betty Jane then came in hugging a much battered dolly and I asked her what she was going to call little sister. She replied with the sweetest smile — and she is a very attractive four year old — “I call her ‘Sweet Thing'”.

I urged the mother to take time to get well and strong and she said, “Yes, I don’t aim to do nothing until feel good and stout. I stripped and bathed the baby today (the fourth day) and that about tuckered me out.”

The baby was small but has a wealth of hair (dark) and only nurses three times a day. She said “Sometimes I’m afeard hits sleeping too long.”

I shall get a basket bed for it as soon as possible and also netting. It is a lovely sweet thing.

[signed] Ida S. Stapleton
– The Doctor.

Title

STAPLETON REPORT 1927 – June

Alt. Title

Dr. Ida Stapleton and Rev. Robert Stapleton
Line Fork 1927 – 1947

Identifier

STAPLETON REPORT 1927 – June “The Doctor was visiting…”

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Dr. Ida Stapleton ; Rev. Robert Stapleton ; Pine Mountain Settlement School ; Line Fork Settlement ; Cabin ; Granny Shepherd ; grannies ; midwives ; doctors ; The Granny Books ; diplomas ; Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Line Fork, KY ; Letcher County, KY ; Gilley, KY ;

Subject LCSH

Stapleton, Dr. Ida S., — 1871 – 1946.
Stapleton, Rev. Robert, — 1866 – 1945.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Rural health services — Appalachian Region — History.

Date

2014-02-24

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

Gretchen Rasch

Type

Collections ; text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet

Source

Series 21A: Personal Narratives (Written)

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 21A: Personal Narratives (Written) ; Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) http://www.kyhistory.com/ ; Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Library, Ida Stapleton Letters to Friends SC 462 http://khscatalog.kyvl.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=8347 ; Morris, Glyn. Less Traveled Roads. New York: Vantage Press, 1977.

Coverage Temporal

June 1927

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ; Line Fork, KY ; Letcher County, KY ; Gilley, KY ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Donor

n/a

Description

Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of Dr. Ida Stapleton and Rev. Robert Stapleton ; clippings, photographs, books by or about Dr. Ida Stapleton and Rev. Robert Stapleton ;

Acquisition

n/d

Citation

Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Processed By

Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last Updated

2014-03-01

Bibliography

 

Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) http://www.kyhistory.com/ (accessed 2014-01-06). Internet resource.Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) Library, Ida Stapleton Letters to Friends SC 462 http://khscatalog.kyvl.org/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=8347 (accessed 2014-01-06). Internet resource.

Morris, Glyn. Less Traveled Roads. New York: Vantage Press, 1977. Print.
Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 21A: Personal Narratives (Written). Archival material.