Monthly Archives: August 2019

WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Hazel F. Sweetland 1892-1982

To view this or another nurse profile at any time, click the “WWI Profile” link beside the nurse’s name on Fort Caswell WWI Nurses, which is also accessible by the blue button on the top right of the webpage.

Photo Source: Liddick, Betty. “Musical Interlude for Senior Citizens.” The Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 1972, p. 61.
Hazel Frances Sweetland Alexander
Cambridge, MA
Army Nurse Corps

October 11, 1918 – March 5, 1919
Fort Caswell, US Army Post Hospital:
October 11, 1918 – March 5, 1919 assumed

Hazel Sweetland was born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire, a town 41 miles north of Boston. A family tree is located in FamilySearch.

In 1900, the family had four children, all living. Hazel, age 8, was the youngest daughter. Her father was a shoe finisher.

In 1910, they lived in Danvers, Massachusetts, 20 miles NE of Boston. Another daughter had been born since the last census. She is listed as born in New Hampshire and is seven years old, which helps to narrow down the date of their move.

Their father is listed as a life insurance agent. Hazel’s two older sisters were employed. One was an order clerk at a leather company and the other was a stenographer at an electric supply company. Hazel was 18 years old.

[Source: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA]

The 1911 City Directory lists the employed Sweetland family. Hazel is listed as a clerk, working in Salem (S.). Her sisters were working in the towns of Peabody (Pea.) and Boston (B.). Her father, James M., was working in Danvers.

The 1912 City Directory shows the only son, Louis, listed as a clerk in Salem, while Hazel was listed as a student.

In the 1914 City Directory, Hazel is listed in the “Nurse” listing. There are approxmately 300 nurses listed in the directory, which includes Salem and the surrounding towns. She is also listed as a nurse in the Cambridge City Directory, years 1913 and 1914, with the address as 305 Charles River Rd. That was the address of Charlesgate Hospital in Cambridge.

Nurse Sweetland enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps in 1918. She served at Fort Caswell Post Hospital. [Source: The American Journal of Nursing, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Dec., 1918), pp. 220, excerpt shown below]

The only official record found that shows the date she enlisted and was discharged is her listing in the VA Master Index. Those dates are shown in the header of this profile: Enlisted on October 11, 1918, and discharged on March 5, 1919. There are no additional assignment announcements in the nursing journals, so she probably remained at Fort Caswell during the length of her service.

Hazel’s brother Louis served in WWI in the newly formed Aero Squadron. (

Another interesting fact about Hazel is that she registered to vote in 1920, immediately after women won the right.

On September 25, 1922, Hazel married Louis Marden Alexander, a widowed 46 year old in sales for Tetley Tea. He had a child from his previous marriage. The 1930 and 1940 Census show that they remained in Massachusetts.

Her husband passed away in 1953 and was laid to rest beside his first wife, Helen Dawson Alexander, in a cemetery in Massachusetts.

There are few records available online detailing Hazel’s life: No WWI Service Record, obituary, death certificate, findagrave entry, nor headstone photo was found. However, this delightful feature article was discovered in The Los Angeles Times from 1972.

Musical Interlude for Senior Citizens

When Hazel Alexander was in her 20s in Marblehead, Mass., she listened to Saturday afternoon opera on the radio. When she was married, she went to Arthur Fiedler concerts at the esplanade in Boston.

Now almost 80, widowed and alone, she says, “What’s the sense of staying in?” Mrs. Alexander dresses to Cole Porter music from the radio in her Wilshire District apartment – occasionally yelling “Shut up!” at noisy commercials – and busses to a matinee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Music Center.

There, half an hour before the box office opens at 10 a.m., she joins the crowd that has gathered. The appeal is twofold: beautiful music and the lure of an irresistible bargain – special $1 tickets for senior citizens.

[story continues with details about the concerts, then resumes below]

She’s alive and full of fun without being a character. She winks when you ask about widowhood, “Going to find me a husband?”

In her checkered wool suit and green and blue striped blouse and a dashing gold-knit hat, Mrs. Alexander is a standout in the audience.

She settles down in Row G and explains she comes to every concert in this series. “I sat in the balcony last time but like it better down here. I like to see the musicians.”

She remembers music from other times, but isn’t one to wallow in memories nor worry about the future. “I don’t have any plans for tomorrow. I’m living today.”

“I’ve always loved music,” she goes on, her blue eyes shining behind rimless glasses, “but I have no talent. We always had a piano at home.”

She and her husband Louis, who worked for Tetley Tea, used to drive from Newton to Boston for opera. “My husband loved the opera,” she says.

Her taste encompasses any music that’s happy. “It does something for me.”

When the concert begins, she folds her hands in her lap and listens to Mozart’s Symphony No. 33. “Oh, isn’t that nice?” she says about the symphony one critic called sunny. It’s her kind of music.

When a piano is wheeled out for soloist John Browning for Prokofieff’s Second Piano Concerto, she sighs, “Oh, I love that.” But the concerto, in a minor key and full of percussion, is not entirely to her liking.

“It’s a cultivated taste, The more you hear, the more you like it. Imagine being able to write music like that!” But today’s wasn’t the uplifting kind she prefers. “This wasn’t harmonious,” she says about the program, including Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony. “I was thrilled to bits with last time’s Mozart.”

Still, this has been a good afternoon. Mrs. Alexander talks about her life, her career as an Army nurse, her first trip to Los Angeles in 1919.

She keeps on the go, swimming every warm day at the Ambassador Hotel or attending public meetings there. She rides the bus on her RTD pass to Santa Monica to a favorite restaurant for scallops. She says she enjoys life, but has no relatives here and worries about becoming ill alone.

Joining the crush of people streaming out into the sun, she reflects, “Nothing keeps me here but the music and the Music Center.” And she’s off, walking up Grand Ave., to her bus stop.
Liddick, Betty. “Musical Interlude for Senior Citizens.” The Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 1972, p. 61.

Hazel Alexander enjoyed over ten more years of life, hopefully full of music. She passed away on November 16, 1982, at age 90.

If you would like to help us honor Hazel Frances Sweetland Alexander or another Brunswick County WWI veteran, please use the following links:

Click here for the announcement: Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran: How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

Comments Off on WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Hazel F. Sweetland 1892-1982

Filed under Honor a Veteran, Veteran Profile

WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Anna M. Setley 1889-1972

To view this or another nurse profile at any time, click the “WWI Profile” link beside the nurse’s name on Fort Caswell WWI Nurses, which is also accessible by the blue button on the top right of the webpage.

Source: Findagrave
Anna Mary Setley
Pittsburgh, PA
Army Nurse Corps
US Navy

September 25, 1918 – April 11, 1919
September 17, 1921 – January 1, 1936
Fort Caswell, US Army Post Hospital:
September 25, 1918 – Feburary 13, 1919

Anna Mary Setley was born in Starr, PA, a small community about 130 miles NE of Pittsburgh. There is a family tree in FamilySearch. The Findagrave entry for the family is completely populated also.

In 1900, her father was listed as a stonemason. There were ten children. Anna, 11 years old, was the sixth. One daughter had died previously. Three more children would be born, for a total of fourteen, thirteen living, confirmed by the 1910 Census.

Her life is discovered from many documents. It also matches closely with another nurse who served at Fort Caswell during WWI: Faye Elmo White.

In 1910, Anna was not included with her family. One possibility is this 1910 Census, which shows a Mary Sittay working as a waitress at a hotel not too far from her family’s home.

By 1918, when she began her military service, she had graduated from Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA, as written in her obituary shown below. Her PA WWI Service Card shows she served at Fort Caswell, followed by Fort Lee, VA.

Three brothers (Charlie, Harold, and Roy) of her 12 siblings served overseas during WWI. Two were wounded. In addition, one older sister (Ida) became a nurse, although there’s no indication she entered the military.

After her discharge in April 1919, no records were found to describe her activities until 1921, when she enlisted in the US Navy. She served until January 1936. The table below lists many of the locations from various historical documents.

1922 – 1924 Haiti
[Source: US Marine Corps Muster Rolls]
1925 US Naval Hospital, Brooklyn
[Source: 1925 NY Census]
1928 US Naval Hospital, Norfolk
[Source: 1928 Norfolk City Directory]
1930 Navy Yard Mare Island Naval Res. CA
[Source: 1930 US Census]
1934 Canacao, Philippines
[Source: PA Veterans’ Compensation File]

In 1940, Mary, age 50, was living at home with her mother and several siblings. In 1945,  a Nurse Anna M. Setley is shown in the NYC City Directory. Between 1947 and 1950, City Directories for Ansonia, CT, show a Nurse Anna M. Setley employed at Laurel Heights State Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

Anna Mary Setley passed away on May 17, 1972. The following obituaries were found.

Anna M. Setley was Navy nurse
Miss Anna Mary Setley, 82, of 154 Atlantic Ave., died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday in the Franklin Hospital.

She was born in Tionesta Aug. 18, 1889, the daughter of Winfield and Elizabeth Thompson Setley.

Miss Setley was a member of the Free Methodist Church and the Mission Society of the church.

She enlisted as an Army nurse in September 1918, after graduating from Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing. She was discharged from the Army in April of 1919.

On Sept. 15, 1921, she enlisted as a Navy nurse. She served with the Navy until her discharge on Jan. 1, 1936.

Surviving are two sisters, Katherine Setley of Franklin, with whom she made her home, and Mrs. Vernon (Nina) Johnson of Erie.

Preceding her in death were five brothers, Harold, Roy, Sylvester, Ralph and Charley, and five sisters, Dora and Ida Setley, Mrs. Maude Brady, Mrs. Rida Henderson and Mrs. Helena Goodnow.

Friends may call anytime after 7 p.m. Today at the Leverne L. Burger Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Services will be held in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Adolph Steed, pastor of the Free Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Starr Cemetery in Forest County.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to a favorite charity.
“Anna M. Setley was Navy nurse.” The News-Herald (Franklin, PA), 15 May 1972, p. 24.

Miss Anna Setley
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Leverene L. Burger Funeral Home for Miss Anna Mary Setley, 82, 154 Atlantic Ave.

Miss Setley, a retired U.S. Navy nurse who served in World War II [WWI], died Sunday in the Franklin Hospital.

The Rev. Adolph Steed, pastor of the Franklin Free Methodist Church, officiated. He read the hymns, “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and “I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone” and the 23rd Psalm.

Interment was in the Starr Cemetery, Forst county. Pallbearers were Robert and Harold Parkhurst, Johnny Setley, Lee and Linn Reynolds and Mark Ives.

At the cemetery, the flag was presented to Miss Setley’s sister, Miss Katherine Setley.

Attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Goodenow, Harold Parkhurst, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Parkhurst, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Orton and Mrs. Gerald Beeman of North East; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ives of Sherman, N.Y.; John Setley of Rochester, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. O.V. Johnson of Erie; Mr. and Mrs. Vorman Reynolds, Townville; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Brady, Slippery Rock; Harvey Brady and Mrs. Hazel Albaugh, Starr; and Mr. and Mrs. Fay Henry and sister of New Bethlehem.
The News-Herald (Franklin, PA), 18 May 1972, p. 28.

In the obituary above, it shows that Mrs. Fay Henry was present at her funeral. Faye White Henry was also a WWI Fort Caswell nurse. Anna trained and served with Faye for many years and apparently remained friends.

Nurse Anna was laid to rest with her family in Starr Cemetery, in PA. Her service in the Navy is written on her headstone, as shown at top.

If you would like to help us honor Anna Mary Setley or another Brunswick County WWI veteran, please use the following links:

Click here for the announcement: Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran: How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

Comments Off on WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Anna M. Setley 1889-1972

Filed under Honor a Veteran, Veteran Profile

WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Lois Mills 1894-1971

To view this or another nurse profile at any time, click the “WWI Profile” link beside the nurse’s name on Fort Caswell WWI Nurses, which is also accessible by the blue button on the top right of the webpage.
Charlotte Lois Mills Herbert
Charlotte, NC
Army Nurse Corps
2nd Lieutenant

August 9, 1918 – April 17, 1922
Fort Caswell, US Army Post Hospital:
August 9, 1918 – November 15, 1918
November 15, 1918 – August 30, 1919

There are few historical records for the name “Lois Mills,” other than her NC WWI Service Card. Her name was found in newspapers in the Charlotte area while working as a nurse, but nothing after the war. Without knowing the location of her family, one avenue of tracing her life was unavailable. Without that link, it’s difficult to confirm any found “Lois Mills” is the Fort Caswell Nurse Lois Mills.

This required a different approach: use later records and work back to her family. Fortunately, online VA records exist for those who served in WWI, which made it possible to discover her married name. After an extensive search, finding the trail leading back to her family ultimately required only two records.

The WWI VA Index shows her married name, Herbert.

Then her marriage certificate was located.

Her parents’ names were on the certificate, so at that point it was fairly simple to find the census records and information about them.

Her birth name was then discovered: Charlotte Lois “Lottie” Mills or from the 1900 Census, “Lottie L Mills.”

Charlotte Lois “Lottie” Mills was born on June (or July) 1894 in Statesville, NC. There is a partial family tree in FamilySearch. Her mother’s death likely occurred that year, possibly during childbirth, as her mother was 41 years of age in 1894. This cannot be confirmed, but her mother’s death did occur before 1900 as shown below.

On August 1, 1900, her father died, leaving 11 children. Three were married; eight still lived at home. Lottie, as the youngest at age 5, appears to have been lost to history. No family trees include her beyond the 1900 Census. Obituaries of family members are typically used to establish a relationship but Lottie was not listed in any obituaries found for her ten siblings who all passed away before her.

The 1900 Census, completed on June 16 before her father’s death in August, shows her father, a farmer, with eight children living at home. As mentioned, Lottie was the youngest, age 5. When her father passed away two months after the census, the following was published in the local newspaper.

Mr. Joseph Mills Dead
Mr. Joseph Mills died at his home near here Saturday night. Interment Sunday afternoon at Perth cemetery, with funeral services by Rev. W.Y. Love. Deceased was 51 years old and was a good man. He leaves 11 children. Of this number three are married and the others are left at home parentless. Mr. Mills had been sorely afflicted for a long time. He had overworked himself in trying to do his full duty by his motherless little ones and no doubt the cares and anxieties concerning them did much to shorten his days. Yet he was faithful unto death and has gone to claim the reward.
“Mr. Joseph Mills Dead.” Statesville Record and Landmark (Statesville, NC), 10 Aug. 1900, p. 2.

Lottie’s brother, who was 9 years old when their father died, was presumably located in 1910 as a hired man living with a married couple. But between 1900, when they became orphans, until 1910, it is not known if they lived in an orphanage or were taken in by other families or relatives.

In 1910, Lottie, age 15-16, was a nurse in Charlotte, NC, at Mercy Hospital. The 1910 Charlotte City Directory has her name listed as Lottie Mills.

In 1911, she was listed as a trained nurse in the Charlotte City Directory.

The article below lists “Lois Mills” as a graduate of Mercy General Hospital in 1912. The 1912 City Directory of Charlotte listed “Lois Mills” as a nurse and she no longer lived at the hospital. A few Fort Caswell WWI nurses used different names as a nurse. With many women having the same popular names, they may have been advised to choose a less common name.

Catholic Hospital Training School

First Graduation Exercises at New Mercy General – One Graduate Miss Avis Hardin of Chester, S.C. – Bishop Haid Presents Diploma – Address of Dr. Wylie Moore Read.

The graduating exercises of the nurses’ training school at the new Mercy General hospital were held last evening at the hospital, the exercises being attended by many friends of the institution.

Miss Avid Hardin of Chester, S.C., was the only graduating nurse this year. She was presented with a class pin and a diploma, by Right Rev. Bishop Leo Haid [illegible] S.B. of Belmont, the presentation being accompanied by a happily expressed speech. Bishop Haid also read the prepared speech of Dr. Wylie Moore, who was to have been orator for the occasion but who was prevented by professional duties from being present. The address was considered masterly in thought and expression.

In honor of the occasion the hospital building was decorated in blue and white, the hospital colors, while potted palms and ferns added very much to the decorative effect.

The flower-bearers for Miss Hardin last evening were little Misses Elizabeth Williams, Helen [illegible], Frances Williams and Bernadine Toomey. The young ladies of the convent school served refreshments during the evening, and following the completion of the graduation exercises. Those serving were misses Mary O’Neill, Thelma Phelan, Frances Williams and Alma Moody.

Alumnae Assocation.
During the evening the Alumnae Association of Graduate Nurses of the Mercy General hospital was formed. Miss Josephine Finch of the class of 1908, was elected president of the new organization, Mrs. W.W. Scholtz, formerly Miss Bessie Drye, class of 1913, vice president; Mrs. Warren Vines Hall, formerly Miss Sarah Branigan of the class of 1912, was made secretary-treasurer. The other members of the organization are Miss Lois Mills, class of 1912, Miss Sara Shirley, class of 1913, Miss Josephine Watt, class of 1913, Miss Rosa Downey, class of 1915, and Miss Avis Hardin, class of 1916.

The Piedmont orchestra furnished music for the occasion.
“Catholic Hospital Training School.” The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), 31 May 1916, p. 2.

“State License for Eighteen Nurses.” The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), 21 May 1918, p. 8 begins with the following.

Eighteen nurses, graduates of the six training schools for nurses in local hospitals and sanitariums, have successfully passed examinations before the state board at Raleigh for licenses to practice the profession of graduate nursing in the state, the state licenses being presented yesterday to the young women who have completed their three years’ training in the hospitals of Charlotte.

The Charlotte nurses passing the state board examinations and receiving licenses to practice graduate nursing in North Carolina are as follows:

Misses Lily Dearman, Ella Dorsett, Bertha Smith, Clara Ashcraft, Mary Dilling, Frankie Wilson, Duseka Alford, Ellie May Warlick, Eva Ailson, Mattie Helm, Lois Mills, Mary Walton, Florence Corriher, Elizabeth Mauney, Henrietta McDade, Helen Miller, Johanna Treiber, and Kathryn Stowe.

Nurse Mills was now qualified to join the war effort. Her military service began in August.

Details of her US Army service may be found on her NC WWI Service Card, shown at top, and is listed below in table form for easier reading. Her military service is not detailed after December 1919, although she remained in the service until April 1922. Some details were found in other records.

08/09/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
11/15/1918 Base Hospital #113 (France)
01/1919 Base Hospital #88 (France)
08/30/1919 Demobilization Station
11/15/1918 – 08/30/1919 Overseas
10/11/1919 Army Nurse Corps
1920 Fort Bayard, NM (assumed)
1921 Fort Bliss, TX
04/17/1922 Discharge

While serving at Fort Caswell, Nurse Mills suffered from influenza. This appeared in the newspaper in Charlotte.
Source: “Miss Mills Recuperating.” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 6 Oct. 1918, p. 14.

Before Nurse Mills served in the military, she was a private nurse for Mrs. James McCausland in Charlotte and lived in her home. Mrs. McCausland was listed as Nurse Mills’ next of kin when she traveled overseas to France.

Source: U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.

A Nurse Lois Mills is listed in the Fort Bayard, NM, 1920 Census and is assumed to be WWI Nurse Lois Mills, but there are no other records to confirm it.

Nurse Mills served at Fort Bliss, Texas for a short time before she was discharged. [Source: The American Journal of Nursing, Vol. 21, No. 7 (April, 1921), p. 491, excerpt shown below] Also notice that because she was serving after 1920, she received the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

The WWI VA Index record shown above confirms that she was discharged on April 17, 1922. At that time, her address was Chicago.

One of the methods used to track a person’s life is to search in city directories. The first occurrence of Lois Mills found after 1922 was in 1934, when she was found in Washington DC, employed as a nurse. (The search function is not completely effective and many times an actual manual search must be performed.)

The next record of hers was when she married in 1939, as shown in the marriage certificate at top. Her husband, James A. Herbert, was a clerk for the government in Washington D.C. Further research shows some interesting information. In 1919, he served as clerk for the Graves Registration Service, presumably to track the WWI dead. He was issued passports for Great Britain, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Italy and traveled overseas. The photo shown is included with his passport application.
[Source: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.]

In 1940, they were living in Washington D.C.  James was continuing his government work.

Her husband James Albert Herbert passed away in May 1969. There are no records of his burial. Perhaps he was buried near his father, who was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington D.C.

Lois passed away two years later in Jessup, MD, in July 1971, at age 77. The cause of death is unknown.

Ancestry’s online database lists the date as July 11, 1971[ U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011]

Like her husband, her final resting place is unknown.

If you would like to help us honor Charlotte Lois Mills Herbert or another Brunswick County WWI veteran, please use the following links:

Click here for the announcement: Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran: How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

Comments Off on WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Lois Mills 1894-1971

Filed under Honor a Veteran, Veteran Profile

Back Porch Rockers to perform on August 15

The next fundraiser to support the Fort Caswell Rifle Range is Oktoberfest in Caswell Beach (October 12, 2019) which includes music by the Back Porch Rockers.

Randy Lewis from Back Porch Rockers asked us to share this invitation which he posted on their Facebook page.

Hey folks, come on out and join us Thursday evening from 6pm – 8pm on August 15th as we perform as part of the Southport Summer Concert Series down at Franklin Square Park. Bring a chair, blanket, something to eat, a beverage and enjoy an evening in one of the most beautiful settings here in Southport. Dance and sing along with The Back Porch Rockers as we perform classic rock favorites by artists such as Eric Clapton, The Eagles, ZZ Top, Tom Petty and many others. It should be a fun-filled evening as the band brings back memories of our younger years.

If you are familiar with our band, you know that we always perform for a cause and this concert is no different. Any and all donations will be used to benefit the “Up Your Arts” program here in the Southport area. Up Your Arts is a non profit organization founded in 2017 to support and enhance the creative and performing arts throughout the greater Southport area.

See their Facebook page for information regarding their future performances.

Comments Off on Back Porch Rockers to perform on August 15

Filed under Event

WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Anna Loveland 1871-1964

To view this or another nurse profile at any time, click the “WWI Profile” link beside the nurse’s name on Fort Caswell WWI Nurses, which is also accessible by the blue button on the top right of the webpage.

Source: Ancestry
Polly Anna Loveland
Corry, PA
Army Nurse Corps
2nd Lieutenant

March 20, 1918 – April 30, 1934
Fort Caswell, US Army Post Hospital:
March 20, 1918 – January 25, 1919

Polly Anna Loveland was born and raised in Pennsylvania. There is a family tree is FamilySearch.

Her WWI PA Service Card shows her place of birth as Columbia, PA, but it seems more likely to be Columbus, as her 1880 Census lists the family residence in Corry, which is very close to Columbus. In addition, most of the family was laid to rest in a cemetery in Columbus. Columbus and Corry are both located in Erie County, PA.

In 1880, her father was working in a tannery. Anna was the youngest, age 10 (should be 7 or 8). There appears to have been eleven children total and one child, a son, born after Anna. According to census records, Anna’s father immigrated to America from England when he was 20, and worked various jobs such as toll collector, farmer, and the tannery as mentioned.

Anna’s mother, Polly Ann Witter Loveland passed away in 1894 and was laid to rest in Columbus, PA. Anna was 23 at the time.


“New Trained Nurses.” Buffalo Evening Times, 7 June 1899, p. 7.
Anna graduated in 1899 from School for Trained Nurses at Buffalo General Hospital, as shown in this newspaper clipping. The 1900 Census, when she was 29 years of age, lists her with the other nurses at the hospital.

In 1902, she is listed in the Buffalo City Directory as Night Superintendent at Buffalo General, shown below. [Source: U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA]

In 1906, she is listed as Assistant Superintendent.

A story published in Buffalo Evening Times on January 23, 1907, p. 4 (“Nurses’ Training School Doing a Noble Work”) listed her as one of seven head nurses for the three year training program at Buffalo General Hospital.

By 1910 she had moved to Batavia Hospital. Batavia is about halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY.

“New Hospital Superintendent.” The Buffalo Times, 31 July 1918, p. 10.

In July 1918, this story appeared in The Buffalo Times from the town of Batavia. Assistant Superintendent Anna Loveland at Batavia Hospital, and Superintendent Etta E. Robbins resigned to join the war effort. Nurse Loveland was 47 years old. As mentioned earlier, when the war began, only nurses between age 25-35 were accepted.

Details of her US Army service may be found on her WWI PA Service Card, which is shown below and also in table form for easier reading. Her military service is not detailed on the service card after December 1922, but some additional information was found through other records.

03/20/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
01/25/1919 Demobolization Hospital #4
08/14/1919 Hazelhurst Field, NY
04/1922 Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, CO
1930 Leiterman General Hospital, San Francisco
04/30/1934 Retirement

The 1930 Census shows she was stationed at Leiterman General Hospital in San Francisco.

The 1939 and subsequent Military Registries (two excerpts shown below), indicate that Anna Loveland retired on April 30, 1934, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Her address at retirement was 6028 Harcourt Ave, Los Angeles. [Source: U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA]

In 1940 Anna was living in the same house in Los Angeles with her widowed sister and widowed niece, as well as an unmarried niece.

On April 17, 1964, Anna Loveland passed away at age 93. As her flat marker shows, her military service is displayed. A memorial stone had been placed earlier in the cemetery in Columbus, PA, where her family was laid to rest.

Final Rites Held for Miss Loveland
Funeral services for Miss Anna Loveland, 93, of Saratoga, were held Monday at the West Valley Chapel, Los Gatos.

She died in a Saratoga convalescent hospital.

Before entering the hospital, Miss Loveland had lived for seven years with her niece, Mrs. Louise Morrow, on Williams Ave., Saratoga.

Miss Loveland began a long nursing career after graduating from Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. She worked in hospitals treating wounded of the Spanish-American War. Later she joined the Army and became a second lieutenant. She got a disability retirement in 1934.

Saratoga survivors are a nephew, Harold Loveland, of La Paloma Ave., and two nieces, Mrs. Louise Morrow and Miss Eunice La Monia, both of Williams Ave.

If you would like to help us honor Polly Anna Loveland or another Brunswick County WWI veteran, please use the following links:

Click here for the announcement: Announcement: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran
Click here for directions to donate and honor a veteran: How to Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

Comments Off on WWI Fort Caswell Nurse Profile: Anna Loveland 1871-1964

Filed under Honor a Veteran, Veteran Profile