Keywords: Nurses' Aides
Rebecca Usher of Hollis was 41 and single when she joined the Union nursing service at the U.S. General Hospital at Chester, Pennsylvania. Her time there and later at City Point, Virginia, were defining experiences of her life.
Like many towns, Bethel responded to the Civil War by sending many soldiers and those at the homefront sent aid and supported families. The town grew during the war, but suffered after its end.
In 1954, November 11 became known as Veterans Day, a time to honor American veterans of all wars. The holiday originated, however, as a way to memorialize the end of World War I, November 11, 1918, and to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations." Mainers were involved in World War I as soldiers, nurses, and workers on the homefront aiding the military effort.
Record of payment to the town’s nurses stops in the late 1970s. Irene Kent served as town nurse from 1951 until 1957 and again from 1967 until 1972.
… Savage worked as a nurse’s aid and children’s nurse for almost 10 years at North Shore Baby Hospital in Salem, Massachusetts and Massachusetts…