Rowan County


Learn more about the history of nursing in Rowan County

1918 Rowan County Red Cross Volunteer  Nurses


  • Delaine Tabor was one of the first African American nurses from Rowan County.
  • "Nursing in mission stations"  (1911) The American Journal of Nursing. 12 (3).  pp. 217-219. This article discusses nurse Laura May Pitts, a graduate of the Whitehead-Stokes Sanatorium in Salisbury, North Carolina who died while working at a Presbyterian Mission in Korea.
  • Information about Nurse Edna Heinzerling, a Whitehead-Stokes graduate and first Supervisor of Nursing at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem.  She also finished the book "The History of Nursing in North Carolina" after Mary Wyche died.
  • Nurse Elizabeth Corriher, born in Rowan County in 1878 was a Presbyterian missionary nurse to China from 1908-1927
  • Article about Nurse Delaine Tabor Flemming from the Salisbury Post.
  • Article about Elaine Scott, RN from AHEC.

Health Care Institution

  • Information about the Way Side Hospital in Rowan County.  
  • Information about the Whitehead Stokes Private Sanitarium. (put "Whitehead-Stokes" in the search box)
  • The Davie County Enterprise-Record  August 15, 1974 ran an article about the Farmington Health Clinic and the Nurse Practitioner who worked there
  • Rowan and Davie Counties Story of Medicine 1753-1976 published in 1979 by the Salisbury Printing Company has information about the Whitehead Stoke School of Nursing (started in 1903 with Miss Ella Price Smith as Head Nurse) and the Rowan County Health Dept which opened in 1918 with a few small rooms on the 2nd floor of the courthouse


  • Postcard of the Whitehead Stokes Sanitarium.
  • Scrapbook about the"Knock Out Polio" campaign in Rowan County.  Nurses were involved in this mass public health campaign.
  • The Rowan County Public Library has a folder containing articles on nurses, the hospital, doctors etc.    Additionally, there are yearbooks from a local nursing school,   "The White Cap" - 1950, 1951, 1956-66, 1968-71

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