More Lost Faces of WWI: American Nurses Who Died in Europe

Two years ago I first wrote about the “Gold Star” Nurses of World War I–the women who sacrificed their lives during war time. I have selected from that list women who have not formerly been written about–or at least it seems their story is not easily discovered. I will also share their FACES with you so that their story goes beyond dates and places.

In this story I focus on:
. Frances BARTLETT, died Oct. 16, 1918, in France. Home: Andover, Maine
. Caroline H. CHRISTMAN, died October 6, 1918 in France. Home: Providence, Rhode Island
. Charlotte A. COX, died Sept. 28, 1918, in France. Home: Gormania, West Virginia
. Nellie M. DINGLEY, died 28 August 1918 in France. Home: Ashland, Wisconsin
. Helen FAIRCHILD, died Jan. 18, 1918 at Base Hospital #10, France. Home: Watsontown, Penn.
. Katherine E. GREENE, died Oct. 22, 1918 in France. Home: Philmont, New York
. Katherine HOFFMAN, died Sept. 20, 1918 in France. Home: Queen City, Missouri
. Alice A. IRELAND, died Feb. 3, 1918. Base Hospital, Unit #34, France. Home: Media, Penn.
. Miss Katheryne JOYCE, died Sept. 27, 1918 in France. Home: Pittsburg, Penn.
. Francis W. MOESCHEN, died Sept. 7, 1918 in France. Home: New York City
. Louise SEYMOUR, died Oct, 10, 1918, in France. Home: Middleboro, Mass.
. Margaret W. WORTH, died Oct. 23, 1918, in France. Home: Cresskill, New Jersey Continue reading

New Hampshire WWI Military: Phillips Exeter Academy Infirmary Nurse Katherine Patterson Irwin (1870-1918)

Memorial photograph from The Pean, the 1919 graduate yearbook of Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter New Hampshire.

She was born Katherine Patterson Irwin on 14 March 1870 in Dayton, Montgomery County Ohio, the daughter of Andrew Barr & Jane (Schenck) Irwin. Her family nickname was “Kitty,” as shown in the census, and she grew up in Dayton, attending the local schools.

What is known is that she served as a Red Cross Nurse for the A.E.F. in Europe from April 1918 to 24 June 1918  when she died of spinal meningitis,  in Evacuation Hospital, at Baccarat France.  The disease was probably contracted from one of her patients.  It is also known that prior to her enlistment she worked as a nurse in the infirmary (Hooper Building) at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire.  Her photograph (as shown at right) was published in the 1919 graduate yearbook The Pean.

She is not acknowledged (though she should be ) on the WWI memorial plaque in the New Hampshire State House NOR at the memorial of the University of New Hampshire.   She is listed in W. M. Haulsee, F. G. Howe, A. C. Doyle, comp., Soldiers of the Great War, vol. 2 (Washington, D. C.: Soldiers Record Publishing Assoc., 1920), under those from New Hampshire who died from Disease, Rank Nurse. Continue reading

Nashua New Hampshire’s First Women Physicians: Ella (Blaylock) Atherton and Katherine E. (Prichard) Hoyt

Ellen C. "Katherine E." (Prichard) Hoyt MD. Photograph from History of Nashua, NH by Judge Edward E. Parker, 1897

Ellen C. “Katherine E.” (Prichard) Hoyt, M.D. Photograph from History of Nashua, NH by Judge Edward E. Parker, 1897

In 1897 when the updated History of Nashua was published, the medical history (authored by Evan B. Hammond) reported the following: “Dr. Ella Blaylock and Dr. Katherine E. Prichard are the only two lady physicians of whom Nashua can boast, either in the past or present, and their success it a guarantee that their stay here is one of profit to themselves as well as to their patients. They were elected the same year (1891) to the Nashua Medical Association. She [Katherine E. Hoyt, M.D.] opened an office in 1889 and “although the first resident woman physician….” devoted her time entirely to gynecological work and obstetrics.

Both of these talented physicians became

Ella (Blaylock) Atherton, M.D.

Ella (Blaylock) Atherton, M.D.

members of the local Medical Association in the same year–1891.  Both specialized in women’s medicine, gynecology, and obstetrics.  Both married within the next few years. Katherine’s husband, Henry Hoyt, M.D.,  was also a physician and by 1900 she had moved with him to Sioux City, Iowa where he had a thriving practice. They later to Wenham, Massachusetts.  Ella married Hon. Henry Bridge Atherton, an attorney and editor of the Telegraph newspaper.  She remained in Nashua, with abdominal surgery as one of her skilled capabilities, and practicing medicine in that city for many years. Continue reading