Fort Caswell WWI Nurses

Nurses assigned to Fort Caswell were discovered by searching “Nursing News and Announcements” in the issues of The American Journal of Nursing in the relevant years.

(Appalachian State University lists native NC nurses who served in WWI here, but this doesn’t include out of state nurses who served at Fort Caswell. However, it’s a nice tribute to NC nurses.)

These are the nurses identified from the journals. Biographical information for each nurse is listed in alphabetical order below. (Click on the name of the nurse to go directly to the nurse’s biographical information. If a WWI Profile is available, a link follows the name.)

To read an introduction to nursing in WWI, read this post.

  1. Anna Andis, WWI Profile
  2. Elizabeth F. Bachman, WWI Profile
  3. Dora A. Bell, WWI Profile
  4. Frances C. Boulware, WWI Profile
  5. Chief Nurse Nellie E. Davis, WWI Profile
  6. Jean P. Dennis, WWI Profile
  7. Elizabeth A. Ford, WWI Profile
  8. Bertha Jost, WWI Profile
  9. Anna Loveland, WWI Profile
  10. Lois Mills, WWI Profile
  11. Anna M. Setley, WWI Profile
  12. Hazel F. Sweetland, WWI Profile
  13. Ida E. Trollinger, WWI Profile
  14. Faye E. White, WWI Profile

1. Anna Andis

Anna Lucille “Lou” Andis Cleveland 03/07/1889 – 09/29/1943
Residence: Johnson City, Tennessee Birth: Jonesville, VA
Training: Age: 24 Death: Age: 54
1913 Memorial Hospital
Johnson City, TN
VA Hospital
Asheville, NC
Cause: Cervical cancer
Burial: Monte Vista Memorial Park
Johnson City, TN
US Army Service Age: 29
10/05/1918 – 01/15/1919
10/05/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
01/15/1919 Discharge
After Service Private nurse
Additional Information Brother Guy Herbert Andis served in WWI in the 117th Infantry, 30th “Old Hickory” Division.
Marriage: Age: 47 – 51 Husband: Wilbur Cleveland
Date: 1936 – 1940 Age: 45 – 49
US Marshal in FL
Death: 1976

WWI Service Card from Tennessee is not available.

Lucille A. Cleveland
Nurse Army Nurse Corps
World War I
March 7, 1889   Sept 29, 1943


Mrs. Wilbur Cleveland
A nurse of World War I, Mrs. Wilbur Cleveland, 50, died in a hospital in Asheville, N.C., Wednesday morning. Word of her death was received by a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Charles W. Cleveland, 1227 S. W. 11th ave. The deceased had lived in Miami at 3030 S. W. 25th terrace the last five years, coming here from Asheville. She was well known here, in North Carolina and in Tennessee as a nurse. Funeral services will be held in her home town, Johnson City, Tenn.
The Miami News, 30 Sept. 1943, p. 13.

Mrs. Wilbur Cleveland
Mrs. Wilbur Cleveland of Miami, Fla., formerly of Johnson City, Tenn., died yesterday at 8:30 a.m. in an Asheville hospital following an illness of several months.

The body will be sent by the Morris-Gearing funeral home to Johnson City for funeral services and burial today. The Morris funeral home will be in charge of services in Johnson City.

Mrs. Cleveland, a nurse in World War I, is survived by her husband, Wilbur Cleveland of Miami; her mother, Mrs. W.H. Andis of 22 Kenilworth road, and four sisters, Mrs. George M. Hyder of 22 Kenilworth road, Mrs. Alton Riley of New Town, Ind., and Mrs. M.S. Smith of Roanoke, Va., and Mrs. Lon Smith of Jonesville, Va.
Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), 30 Sept. 1943, p. 2.

2. Elizabeth F. Bachman

Elizabeth Florence Bachman Williams 07/11/1892 – 11/15/1952
Residence: NYC Birth: Allentown, PA
Training: Age: 23 Death: Age: 59
1915 St. Luke’s Hospital
Bethlehem, PA
St. Luke’s Hospital
Tottenville, NY
Manhattan Maternity Hospital Cause: Liver cancer
Long Island Medical College Burial: Moravian Cemetery
Staten Island, NY
US Army Service Age: 26
10/04/1918 – 03/04/1919
10/04/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
03/04/1919 Discharge
After Service Industrial nurse and welfare worker at the General Cigar Company;
Settlement worker in NY;
Member of the American National State Organization of Nurses

Member of Beauvais Hudson Post 126, American Legion Auxillary of Tottenville Member of Richmond County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Marriage: Age: 36 Husband: Benjamin W Williams
Date: 01/14/1929 Age: 54
Prominent NY attorney and banker
Death: 1957

Notable Achievements:
The first woman elected as a member of her local American Legion. Upon submitting the application for membership, “she expressed the hope that her example would be a forerunner for all eligible ladies in the city and community to become affiliated with the organization.”
“First Lady to Join H.P. Lentz Post.” The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 17 Sept. 1919, p. 2.

WWI Service Card from NY

Flat military marker was ordered but no photo is available.


Graduate Nurse Dies in Hospital
Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, 59, of 73 Hopping Avenus, Tottenville, N.Y., a graduate nurse of St. Luke’s Hospital, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in St. Luke’s Hospital.

Wife of Benjamin Williams, Mrs. Williams also donated a room to the hospital. She was born in Allentown July 11, 1893 a daughter of Erwin and Caroline Gangawer Bachman.

A member of Beauvais Hudson Post 126, American Legion Auxillary of Tottenville, and Richmond County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, she is survived by her husband; three sisters, Mrs. W.P. Uhler, Tottenville; Mrs. Bernard Mahoney, Scarsdale, N.Y., and Mrs. Margaret Clauser, Allentown.
“Graduate Nurse Dies in Hospital.” The Morning Call (Allentown, PA), 17 Nov. 1952, p. 8.

3. Dora A. Bell

Dora Alice “Dovie” Bell Harris 12/28/1892 – 06/29/1969
Residence: Cumberland, MD Birth: Onego, WV
Training: Age: 21 Death: Age: 76
1914 Western MD Hospital
Cumberland, MD
Los Angeles, CA
1914 Bellevue Hospital
Cause: Unknown
Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Glendale, CA
US Army Service Age: 25
03/22/1918 – 03/28/1921
03/22/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
08/08/1918 Mobilization Station
09/01/1918 Base Hospital No. 60 (France)
10/12/1918 Base Hospital No. 81 (France)
10/17/1918 Provisional Hospital No. 1
04/09/1919 Evacuation Hospital
05/09/1919 Camp Hospital No. 33 (Brest, France)
07/29/1919 Demobilization Station
11/25/1919  – 12/06/1919 Base Hospital; Fort Sam Houston, TX
03/28/1921 Discharge
09/01/1918 – 11/25/1919 Overseas
After Service Unknown
Marriage: Age: 36 Husband: Joseph Merrian Harris
Date: 01/01/1921 Age: 48
Army Officer; Real estate broker
Death: 1957
Additional Information:
The 1940 Census for Dora and her husband lists four of her brother Minor’s children living in California with them. The children were also included in Minor’s 1940 Census in WV. The length of their stay is not known.

Notable Achievements:
Order of St. Sava (Serbian) – no details were found regarding the award, given for her service during WWI.

WWI Service Card from MD

Name: Dora A Bell
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 25
Birth Date: 28 Dec 1892
Birth Place: Onego, W.VA.
Residence Place: 125 Bedford St., Cumberland, Allegany Co.
Decorations: Order of St. Sava (Serbian) Military Year: 1917-1919
Military Place: Maryland, USA
Comments: ANC 3/22/18 nurse, Post Hosp Ft Caswell N.C.; Mob Sta 8/8/18; 66 Base Hosp 9/1/18; 60 Base Hosp 10/12/18; 81 Base Hosp 10/17/18; 1 Prov Hosp 4/9/19; 27 Evac Hosp 5/9/19; 33 Camp Hosp 7/29/19; Demob Sta 11/25/19; Base Hosp Ft Sam Houston Tex. 12/6/19, Still in service 1/1/20, Overseas 9/1/18 to 11/25/19
Maryland in the World War 1917-1919; Military and Naval Service Records, Volumes I & II

Dora Alice B Harris
West Virginia
2nd Lt Army Nurse Corps
World War I
Dec 26 1892   June 29 1969

No obituary was found.

4. Frances C. Boulware

Frances Cordelia “Fannie” Boulware 11/25/1878 – 09/04/1941
Residence: Laurens, SC Birth: Cross Hill, SC
Training: Age: 33 Death: Age: 62
1912 Roper Hospital
Charleston, SC
Allen’s Invalid Home
Milledgeville, GA
1915 Summerland College
Batesburg, SC
Cause: Gastric ulcer hemorrhage
Burial: Laurens City Cemetery
Laurens, SC
US Army Service Age: 39
08/12/1918 – 03/23/1919
09/12/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
03/23/1919 Discharge
After Service Furman University (Greenville, SC) Infirmary, Head Nurse
Notable Achievements:
Served as secretary of the Graduate Nurses’ Association of South Carolina.

WWI Service Card from SC

BOULWARE, FRANCES C. Residence: Laurens SC. Born: Cross Hill SC Nov 25/79. Nurse Aug 12/18 from Civilian life. Fort Caswell NC to discharge. Honorable discharge Mch 23/19.
South Carolina, General Assembly. The official roster of South Carolina soldiers, sailors and marines in the World War, 1917-18, volume 1, part 1. South Carolina State Library, 1929.

Frances Cordelia
November 25, 1879
September 1, 1941


Miss Frances Boulware
LAURENS, Sept 1 – Miss Frances Boulware, widely known professional nurse of Laurens and Greenville, died today at Veterans’ hospital for nurses in Milledgeville, GA, after several years of declining health.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Maria Anderson Boulware of Laurens. She received her education in schools here and graduated as a nurse at Roper hospital, Charleston. During recent years she had lived in Greenville. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Fleming Smith and Mrs. Alva Weaver and a brother, David L. Boulware.

Funeral services will be at the Kennedy mortuary in Laurens at 11 a.m. Wednesday conducted by the Rev. L.P. McGee. Burial will be in Laurens cemetery.

Active pallbearers: W.R. and Jack Anderson, Lawrence Kennedy, L.C. Barksdale, E.O. Anderson, Everette Martin.

Honoary escort: R.E. and R.A. Babb, Dr. C.P. Vincent, Dr. T.L. Timmerman, H. Douglas Gray, L.G. Balle, M.L. Smith, Ralph Bobo, C.P. Roper, and Grover C. Peterson.
The Greenville News (Greenville, SC), 2 Sept. 1941, p. 6.

5. Nellie E. Davis

Nellie Eaton Davis (Chief Nurse) 01/01/1884 – 04/15/1962
Residence: Denver, Colorado Birth: Longmont, Colorado
Training: Age: 23 Death: Age: 78
1907 St. Joseph’s Hospital
Denver, CO
Harriman-Jones Hospital
Long Beach, CA
Cause: 2nd & 3rd degree burns from cigarette accident
Burial: Glen Abbey Memorial Park
San Diego, CA
US Army Service Age: 32
08/18/1916 – after 1931
08/20/1916 Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco
10/03/1917 Fort McPherson, GA
10/13/1917 Camp Jackson, SC (as Chief Nurse)
03/16/1918 Fort Caswell, NC (as Chief Nurse)
03/20/1919 General Hospital #19, Oteen, NC
04/11/1919 Ellington Field, Houston, TX
05/11/1919 Walter Reed Hospital, DC (for treatment)
12/17/1919 Mitchel Field, NY
03/05/1922 Fitzsimmons Army Hospital, Denver (as 2nd Lt)
07/22/1924 Fort Riley, KS (as 2nd Lt)
07/28/1928 First Discharge
1931 San Diego (Chief Nurse; 1st Lt)
Unknown Discharge
After Service 1935-1940 RN in San Diego (Unknown if through the US Army)

WWI Service Card from CO

Name: Nellie E. Davis
Rank: Chief Nurse
Branch: U. S. Army
Military Place: Denver, Denver, Colorado
Roster of Men and Women Who Served in The World War From Colorado 1917-1918 Denver County

Nellie Eaton Davis
1884 – 1962


Source of death notice below: Independent (Long Beach, CA), 17 April 1962, p. 25.

6. Jean P. Dennis

Jean P. Dennis Heyen 02/11/1892 – 03/07/1925
Residence: Wilkes-Barre, PA Birth: Ashley, PA
Training: Age: 19 Death: Age: 33
1911 Wilkes-Barre Business College Ashley, PA
1914 Riverside Hospital Nurses’ Training School Cause: Pulmonary tuberculosis
Woman’s Hospital Nurses’ Training School
Burial: Oak Lawn Cemetery
Hanover, PA
Siam Hospital
Cleveland, OH
US Army Service Age: 26
03/20/1918 – 08/06/1919
03/20/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
11/1918 Base Hospital No. 113 (France)
01/1919 Base Hospital No. 88 (France)
07/06/1919 Demobilization Station, NYC
08/06/1919 Discharge
11/15/1918 – 07/06/1919 Overseas
After Service Member of Bius Ridge Chapter, Order of Eastern Star
Memorial Day Association
Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday school
Nurses’ Alumni Association of Riverside Hospital, Wilkes-Barre
Marriage: Age: 30 Husband: Herman F. Heyen
Date: 10/1922 Age: 26
NYC Engineer
Death: 1966
Additional Information:
A dressmaker before entering nursing training. (1910 Census occupation, 1911 City Directory)
Brother William Malcolm Dennis served in WWI in the 669th Aero Squadron.

WWI Service Card from PA

No photo of headstone found.


Jean Dennis Heyen Dead

Shortly after 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, the grim reaper removed from this earthly life Mrs. Jean Dennis Heyen, prominent and popular young woman of this valley, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Willian Dennis, of Hartford street, following an illness of complications. Mrs. Heyen had been a resident of Ashley her entire life and was prominent in chuch, fraternal and social circles. She was a veteran of the World War, in which she served her country for seventeen months as an army nurse, and upon returning from overseas duty, she took up residence in Ashley, and in October 1922, was united in marriage to Herman F. Heyen, of Brooklyn, N.Y., following which took up residence in Brooklyn, but a year ago returned with her husband to the home of her parents here, where they have since resided.

Mrs. Heyen was a member of Bius Ridge Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Memorial Day Association, Methodist Episcopal Church and Sunday school and of the Nurses’ Alumni Association of Riverside Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Heyen before marriage was Miss Jean Dennis, and a graduate of Ashley high school, Wilkes-Barre Business College, Riverside Hospital Nurses’ Training School, Woman’s Hospital Nurses’ Training School, New York City, and served some time as professional nurse in Siam Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

She was talented and had exceptional qualities of personality, which won for her a wide circle of friends, and had a promising future. When the war came upon this country, Miss Dennis responded with her training as a professional nurse and was enlisted in the Sixth Army Nurses Corps. She was sent to Fort Caswell, S.C., from where she was sent overseas, serving in France and Germany during the great strife. She returned to the United States and was given an honorable discharge in July, 1919.

She leaves her husband, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Dennis, of Hartford street, and one brother, Malcom Dennis, of Timpson street.

The funeral will be held to-morrow afternoon from the Dennis residence at 2:30 and the services will be private. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. The family announce that the remains may be viewed by friends this evening between 7 and 9 o’clock. Rev. W.H. Crawford, pastor of the Methodist Church, and Rev. Robert Graham, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, will officiate at the services on Tuesday afternoon.
“Jean Dennis Heyen Dead.” The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, PA), 9 Mar. 1925, p. 27.

7. Elizabeth A. Ford

Annie Elizabeth Ford Shope 10/10/1883 – 06/09/1954
Residence: Asheville, NC Birth: Citra, FL
Training: Age: 31 Death: Age: 70
1915 Asheville, NC Aston Park Hospital
Asheville, NC
Cause: Mesenteric thrombosis
Burial: Lewis Memorial Park
Asheville, NC
US Army Service Age: 33
03/21/1918 – 04/22/1919
03/21/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
10/08/1918 – 03/04/1919 Camp Jackson, SC
04/22/1919 Discharge
After Service Chairperson of the Red Cross nursing committee.
An officer in the North Carolina Department of the American Legion for 7 years.
Historian of the Kiffin Rockwell (now Rockwell-Ballew) Post of the American Legion for 10 years.
An officer in the North Carolina State Nurses’ Association.
Marriage: Age: 35 Husband: William E. “Jack” Shope
Date: 05/01/1919 Age: 30
Police officer and volunteer fire fighter; Asheville, NC
Death: 1955

WWI Service Card from NC

No photo of headstone available.


[Photo Source: “Mrs. Elizabeth Shope is Reelected to Office of Historian.” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), 23 June 1943, p. 14.]
Mrs. Shope Dies In City
Mrs. W.E. (Jack) Shope of 61 Center Ave., died in an Asheville hospital yesterday following a brief illness. She was the former Miss Annie Elizabeth Ford, daughter of Jesse Manley and Sarah Anderson Ford.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Morris-Lineberry-Black Funeral Home. The Rev. H.B. Dendy, pastor of the Weaverville Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lewis Memorial Park.

Mrs. Shope had resided in Asheville since 1909 and served in World War I as an Army nurse. For seven years, Mrs. Shope was an officer in the North Carolina Department of the American Legion. She served for 10 years as historian of the Kiffin Rockwell (now Rockwell-Ballew) Post of the American Legion.

Mrs. Shope was married in May, 1919, to W.E. Shope. Surviving are the husband; two brothers, Samuel T. Ford of Nashville, Tenn., and Gilbert T. Ford, of Oneco, Fla.
“Mrs. Shope Dies in City.” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), 10 June 1954, p. 3.

8. Bertha Jost

Bertha Jost 09/1893 – 09/30/1943
Residence: Perth Amboy, NJ Birth: Bremen, Germany
Training: Age: 22 Death: Age: 50
1915 East General Hospital
Elizabeth, NJ
Woodbridge, NJ
Cause: Unknown
Burial: Alpine Cemetery
Perth Amboy, NJ
US Army Service Age: about 25
03/21/1918 – 11/11/1922
03/21/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
03/20/1920 Oteen US General Hospital, Asheville, NC
07/1922 Fort Totten, Queens, NYC
11/11/1922 Discharge
After Service Trained nurse in NYC

[Photo Source:]
No WWI service card found.

No photo of headstone is available.


World War I Nurse Dies; Rites Tomorrow
Woodbridge – Miss Bertha Jost, who served with the army as a nurse in World War I, died early yesterday in her home, 727 Rahway Avenue, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Greiner Funeral Home, 44 Green Street. Burial will be in the family plot in Alpine Cemetery, Perth Amboy.

Miss Jost is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lena Krebs and Miss Gretchen Jost and one brother, Bernhardt Jost, all of Woodbridge.
Independent-Leader (Woodbridge, NJ), 1 Oct 1943, p. 1.

9. Anna Loveland

Polly Ann Loveland 03/14/1871 – 1964
Residence: Corry, PA Birth: Columbia, PA
Training: Age: 28 Death: Age: 93
1899 School for Trained Nurses at Buffalo General Hospital Saratoga convalescent hospital
Saratoga, CA
Assistant Superintendent
Batavia Hospital
Cause: Unknown
Burial: Madronia Cemetery
Saratoga, CA
US Army Service Age: 47
03/20/1918 – 04/30/1934 (Until Age 63)
03/20/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
01/25/1919 Dembolization 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
After Service Unknown

WWI Service Card from PA

Anna Loveland
2nd Lt. A.N.C. [Army Nurse Corps]
1874 – 1964


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.

10. Lois Mills


Charlotte Lois “Lottie” Mills Herbert 06/27/1894 – 07/11/1971
Residence: Charlotte, NC Birth: Statesville, NC
Training: Age: 18 Death: Age: 77
1912 Mercy General Hospital
Charlotte, NC
Jessup, MD
1918 Passed NC State Examination Cause: Unknown
Burial: Unknown
US Army Service Age: 24
08/09/1918 – 04/17/1922
08/09/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
Suffered from Spanish Influenza, October 1918
“Miss Mills Recuperating.” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 6 Oct. 1918, p. 14.
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
1921 Fort Bliss, TX
04/17/1922 Discharge
After Service Private nurse
Additional Information
Marriage: Age: 44 Husband: James Albert Herbert
Date: 1939 Age: 45
Clerk in Washington DC
Death: 1969

WWI Service Card from NC

No photo of headstone was found.

No obituary was found.

11. Anna M. Setley

Anna Mary Setley 08/18/1889 – 05/14/1972
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA Birth: Tionesta, PA
Training: Age: Death: Age: 82
Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing
Pittsburgh, PA
Frankin Hospital
Franklin, PA
Cause: Unknown
Burial: Starr Cemetery
Church Hill, PA
US Army Service Age: 29
09/25/1918 – 04/11/1919
09/25/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
02/13/1919 Camp Lee, VA
04/11/1919 Discharge
US Navy Service 09/17/1921 – 01/01/1936 (Until Age 46)
1922 – 1924 Haiti
1925 US Naval Hospital, Brooklyn
1928 US Naval Hospital, Norfolk
1930 Navy Yard Mare Island Naval Res. CA
1934 Canacao, Philippines
After Service 1945 NYC (nurse)
1947-1950 Laurel Heights State Tuberculosis Sanatorium
Ansonia, CT (nurse)
Additional Information Three brothers (Charlie, Harold, Roy) of her 12 siblings served overseas during WWI. Two were wounded. In addition, one older sister (Ida) became a nurse.

Trained and served with Faye E. White, Fort Caswell nurse.

WWI Service Card from PA

Anna M. Setley
1889 – 1972
Ensign U.S.N. (US Navy) Nurse


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. Intermet 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 [and 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.

12. Hazel F. Sweetland

Hazel Frances Sweetland Alexander 03/19/1892 – 11/06/1982
Residence: Cambridge, MA Birth: Derry, New Hampshire
Training: Age: 20 Death: Age: 90
1913 Charlesgate Hospital
Cambridge, MA
Los Angeles, CA
Cause: Unknown
Burial: Unknown
US Army Service Age: 26
10/11/1918 – 03/05/1919
10/11/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
03/05/1919 Discharge
After Service
Additional Information Hazel’s brother Louis served in WWI in the newly formed Aero Squadron. (

Hazel registered to vote in 1920, immediately after women won the right.

Marriage: Age: 30 Husband: Louis M. Alexander
Date: 1922 Age: 44
Cambridge, MA Tea salesman
Death: 1953

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.]

13. Ida E. Trollinger

Ida Estelle Trollinger 10/30/1892 – 09/11/1975
Residence: Registered in Baltimore Birth: Caswell County, NC
Training: Age: 23 Death: Age: 82
1915 Watts Hospital
Durham, NC
Graduation: May 1917
Rex Hospital
Raleigh, NC
Cause: Pulmonary embolism
Burial: Montlawn Memorial Park
Raleigh, NC
US Army Service Age: 25
03/23/1918 – 01/29/1919
03/23/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
01/29/1919 Discharge
After Service 1919 Highsmith Hospital, Fayetteville, NC
1926 Wake County City School Nurse
1934 NC State University Infirmary, Head Nurse
Additional Information One brother, Thomas Frederick Tollinger, enlisted in the Regular Army in 1914 and served in WWI. He passed away in 1938 in Los Angeles, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.

WWI Service Card from MD

Name: Ida E Trollinger
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 25
Birth Date: 30 Oct 1892
Birth Place: Leasburg, N.C.
Residence Place: 1413 Park Ave., Baltimore
Military Year: 1917-1919
Military Place: Maryland, USA
Comments: ANC 3/23/18 nurse, Post Hosp Ft Caswell N.C., Hon disch 1/23/19
Maryland in the World War 1917-1919; Military and Naval Service Records, Volumes I & II

Ida E Trollinger
Nurse Army Nurse Corps
World War I
Oct 30, 1892 Sep 11, 1975

No obituary was found.

14. Faye E. White

Faye Elmo White Henry 12/06/1894 – 07/25/1994
Residence: Pittsburgh, PA Birth: New Bethlehem, PA
Training: Age: Death: Age: 99
Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing
Pittsburgh, PA
New Bethlehem, PA
Cause: Unknown
Burial: New Bethlehem Cemetery
New Bethlehem, PA
US Army Service
Age: 23 – 24
09/25/1918 – 06/21/1919
09/25/1918 Fort Caswell, NC
02/12/1919 Camp Lee, VA
06/21/1919 Discharge
US Navy Service Age: 25 – 41
09/17/1921 – 01/01/1936
1922 – 1924 Haiti
1925 US Naval Hospital, Brooklyn
1930 Navy Yard Mare Island Naval Res. CA
1934 Canacao, Philippines
US Navy Service
Age: 47
12/07/1941 – 12/31/1947 (Until Age 53)
02/11/1943 – 09/21/1944 Overseas
US Fleet Hospital #105, South Pacific
03/01/1944 Promoted to Commander
1944 Awarded the Bronze Star
12/31/1947 Discharge, St Albans Naval Hospital
12/1944 Sampson Naval Hospital, Chief Nurse
After Service Unknown
Additional Information Trained and served with Anna Mary Setley, Fort Caswell nurse. Faye and her husband and sister attended Miss Setley’s funeral.

One brother, Forest White, served in WWI. He was struck by a car in 1934 and passed away.

Marriage: Age: 59 Husband: Carl Henry
Date: 11/03/1954 Age: 62
Death: 1976

WWI Service Card from PA

Carl E.
1892 – 1976
Faye E.
1894 – 1994
U.S. Navy


Decorated Navy Nurse, 99, Dies At Her Cottage Hill Home

A local woman who was the recipient of the first Bronze Star ever awarded to a U.S. Navy nurse died Monday afternoon, July 25, 1994, at her home in Cottage Hill at the age of 99.

Faye E. Henry of New Bethlehem RD 3 received the medal in 1944 for meritorious service to the U.S. Government during World War II. She had been appointed to the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in September 1921, where she served until December 31, 1947. She was also awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and a commendation from President Harry Truman for Outstanding Service.

A 1916 graduate of Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, she also served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from September 1918 to June 1919 and was awarded the World War I Victory Medal and American Defense Medal.

She resigned on March 20, 1950, with the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.

Born December 6, 1894, in Porter Township, she was the daughter of John and Cora (Buzzard) White.

She married Carl E. Henry on November 3, 1954, in New Bethlehem. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1976.

Mrs. Henry was a longtime and devoted member of First Baptist Church in New Bethlehem and was active in various organizations.

She was a member of Walter W. Craig Post 354, American Legion.

She is survived by three stepchildren, Roland C. Henry of New Castle, Elizabeth A. Mooney of Clarion and Robert E. Henry of Clarion; six step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Forest and Frank White; two sisters, Verlie E. McNutt and Elsie Pearl Young; a step-grandson, Terry Henry; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Charles D. Alcorn Funeral Home in Hawthorn.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at First Baptist Church in New Bethlehem. Additional viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to the time of the 11 a.m. funeral home. The Rev. Terry Tareila, pastor, will officiate.

Entombment will follow in the mausoleum in New Bethlehem Cemetery.

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