Thursday, November 6, 2014

Heroic Nurse Jolley "saves" Wabash from the influenza pandemic

Mary Elizabeth Jolley (front, 10th from left).  Miss (Sarah?) Brown possibly 8th from left.

Mary Elizabeth Jolley and Ms. Brown (probably Sarah who was a nurse at Culver Hosptial in the 1910 census) visited Mount Vernon in April of 1917 with several other nurses. One of these Montgomery County women is well known for her diligence. When six young men contracted high fevers on Monday, October 7, 1918 at the Crawfordsville college, campus fear crept through the ranks. Eleven more men were ill before the sun rose. One hundred twenty students had been ill, and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity became the infirmary. Mary Elizabeth Jolley was the instrumental head nurse who also acquired influenza but remained steadfastly at her post to assist the ailing Wabash students. Sadly, Miss Ethel Newell had been sick with pneumonia and perished after assisting  Jolley, Miss May Huston, and Miss Edith Hunt. By October 24th the sickness was defeated and classes resumed.

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