Haywood County


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Nurses Cabin in Haywood County

  • An interview of Public Health nurse Ruybe Bryson was conducted by Nurse Jane Plyler for her Masters Thesis in 1980.  Plylers' Masters Thesis and the original recordings can be found in the Southern Collection in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Anderson, N. & Anderson, W. (1994).  A heritage of healing:  the medical history of Haywood County.  Waynesville, NC:  Waynesville Historical Society.
Some of the early (1910-1920) nurses mention in this book include:

  • Emma Hayes at Clyde, Grace Kirby  and Annie Love of Waynesville, Carrie Leopold ( a WWI veteran nurse), Dixie Lindsey  and Sallie Hall of Beaverdam

"The history of public health in Haywood County " [videorecording] : interview with Ruybe Bryson available at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  Health Sciences Library Educational Media Center.

Picture 5 is of an  Emergency Relief Act  (New Deal) nurse on a home visit to family with black water fever  in Haywood County

Haywod County Heritage.  (1994).  Canton, NC:  Haywood County Genealogical Society.  This book decribes the work of Rev. Hannah Powel  and the Universalist Friendly House MIssion which sponsored a community health nurse to work in the county.­

Other nurses mentioned in Medical History of Haywood County:

Emma Justice (28-year-old practical nurse at Pigeon), Eve L. Justice (38-year-old prac­ tical nurse at Pigeon and sister to Emma Justice) Daisy  Kinsland   (Army  nurse),  Eula Paschali Keller (Army nurse), Ola McCurver (19-year-old student  nurse lodging with Evelyn Abel in Way­ nesville), Jennie  MacFayden (52-year-old private nurse  in Waynesville), Elizabeth  Mead (44-year­ old Waynesville nurse), Mattie H. Wilson (24-year­ old private nurse  at Waynesville), Kate Rickards (Army and private nurse at Balsam and Canton), Billie Rickman (nurse for Dr. Pate  at Clyde), Cordelia Smart (midwife and private nurse in Clyde), Bonnie Brendle Rayle (nurse at Haywood County  Hospital),  Sarah Jane  Moody (practical nurse at Ivey Hill) and Ethel Hall (nurse at Beaverdam),

                        In the 1920s job opportunities for nurses grew as hospi­ tals, private nursing homes, sanitariums, plant medical facili­ties and other institu­ tions grew. During the1920s Miss Lunsford, a graduate of Memori­al Mission Hospital in Asheville, was the nurse employed by Champion Fibre Com­pany. She left Champion in 1927 to accept a position with Metro­ politan Life Insurance Company as a visiting nurse.120

Daisy E. Kinsland was born in the Bethel community and grad­ uated from Mission Hospital's nursing program. She became an Army nurse and served overseas dur­ ing World War I, retir­ ing in 1936 as a first lieutenant.  She  died in  1948 at  Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D. C.

Evelyn Abel Osborne served two terms on the Board of Directors for the North Car­olina State Nurses Association. She also served on the Advisory Committee to the North Carolina Medical  Care   Commission,  the  Committee  to Study Training and Licensing of Practical Nurses, the  Board of the  North  Carolina  State  Hospital Association and  was  a  member  of tbe  Florida State Nurses Association.

During the later part of the 1940s and into the early 1950s, Mrs. Osborne owned and operated The Retreat,  a convalescent home in Waynesville. Her partner in The Retreat was Irene Wilson Rogers,   Registered  Nurse,   whose  experience included work at General and Marine Hospital at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. The convalescent facility catered to "those who need supervised diet and rest, convalescents requiring simple ­

 New nurses in the county between 1910 and 1919 included Emma Haynes at Clyde; Grace Kerby at Waynesville; Annie Love at  Waynesville; Carrie M. Heist Leopard, an Army nurse in France; Dixie Smith  Lindsey; Sallie  Ethel  Hall  in Beaverdam and Sara J. Moody, who was born during 1854 and was described as a midwife and  practical  nurse living at Dellwood.

By the  1920s a number  of Haywood County women were nurses,  and the 1920 census shows student  nurses,  practical  nurses,  private  nurses and trained  nurses.   Nurses in Haywood County at the time of the census include Pauline Bell (26- ยท year-old  Waynesville  private   nurse),  Adelphia Bishop (49-year-old private nurse in Waynesville), Irene Campbell (19-year-old student  nurse living with  Evelyn  Abel in  Waynesville), Murhl  Cabe (head  nurse  at  Pigeon Street  Hospital),  Minnie Johnson (35-year-old Negro private nurse).

In June 1922 the Pigeon Street Hospital, also referred to as the County Hospital, ran  a notice about "an opportunity for a number of bright girls to get in the Haywood County Hospital to receive proper training  for the noble calling of caring for the sick." Local young women were promised pri­ ority in the selection process