Emma and Reporters

9 Jun

Below is the first clip from our interview with Marjorie Wood. In this video she talks about Emma Gatewood’s encounters with reporters.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/24887468 w=480&h=270]

3 Responses to “Emma and Reporters”

  1. Juanita Evans Dailey July 3, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Comment: In 1950, when I was 10 years old, Grandma Gatewood lived two doors from where I lived on lower Third Avenue in Gallipolis. I had been diagnosed with rheumatic fever,was bedridden and not allowed to take one step. My dad worked out of town and my mother couldn’t lift me. Several times Grandma, as we called her, carried me to our car for my mother to take me to the doctor’s appointment in Huntington.When we got home, she carried me back into the house. I thought Grandma Gatewood was her name. At the time I did not realize the extent of what she had done historically. She was a very nice lady–one I will never forget.

    Juanita Evans Dailey

    • Bette Lou Higgins July 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm #


      That is so typical of Grandma! Many of her relatives have commented about her “home doctoring”. Marjorie (who remembers you, by the way) said that Emma was a good home doctor. She had a big “doctor book” with many home remedies in it. Many people would come to her when something was wrong. Sometimes she would tell them they need to go to a real doctor and they wouldn’t want to – they wanted HER. She always had time for everyone.

      It’s not unusual that you did not know about her history as she didn’t spend a lot of time telling people about it. And isn’t it true, that we so rarely know about the extraordinary things the “ordinary” people in our lives do each day!?

  2. Nancy Walker September 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    In 1953, Emma came to stay with my grandma, her cousin, Carrie Elam, after grandma had a stroke. She not only took care of Grandma, but when she ran out of anything to do, she came across the street to our house and did whatever needed doing. She was always busy!

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