1945 letter about textile plant nurses









January 11, 1945


Mrs. Louise P. East, R.N.,

153 Cumberland Avenue,

Asheville, North Carolina.



Dear Mrs. East,


                I have your letter of January 8th inquiring as to the date our Company first employed public nurses for our villages and the name of the first nurse.


                I have taken up this matter with Miss Pearl Wyche, who has been head of our Welfare Department since 1903, as the employment of our nurses comes under her jurisdiction.


                Miss Wyche informs me that our first employment of village nurses was that of Miss Frances Holman (better known as Miss Frank Holman) who entered our employ as public nurse at the Proximity Mill Village sometime in the summer of 1913, she believes during the month of August, 1913.  Miss Holman was a graduate of Watts Hospital at Durham and has been in our employ as public nurse at Proximity Mill Village continuously since1913.


                A few months later, we employed Miss Jennie Garner as public nurse for our White Oak Mill Village, and in 1917 Miss Clara Sweiger entered the employ of Revolution Cotton Mills as its village nurse.


                As stated, Miss Holman is still nurse at the Proximity Mill Village, but there have been several changes in the other members of the nursing faculty, and Miss Lillian Tilley is now nurse at the White Oak Mill Village and Miss Fannie Ivey at the Revolution Mill Village.


                The duties of these nurses are those of regular public trained nurses.  They visit and take care of the sick give prenatal care and instruction to expectant mothers, and perform general public health nursing services.  They live in a nurses’ home which we built at the White Oak Mill Village, and do a great deal of social visiting.