Conemaugh Valley Hospital School of Nursing - Pink Cross Yearbook (Johnstown, PA)
- Class of 1941
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TIE INITIAL EDITION OI' THE,
SCHOOL OF NURSING
CONEMAUGH VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Compiled by the Class of 1941
Domus STRAYER, Editor-in-Chief
RUTH FLICKINGER, Associate Editor
THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE PLEDGE
I solemnly pledge myself before Cod and in the presence of
this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practice my pro-
fession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and
mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harm-
ful drug. I will do all in my power to elevate the standard of my
profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters com-
mitted to my keeping, and all family affairs coming to my knowl-
edge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor
to aid the physician in his work and devote myself to the welfare
of those committed to my care.
Courtesy ol Iohnson and Iohnson
To Mrs. Leota C. Swank, Director of Nurses of
the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, in sincere
appreciation for her untiring efforfs and faithful
guidance for the betterment of our profession, We
the Senior Class of 1941 respectfully dedicate our
initial edition oi the "Pink Cross."
DEDICATION BY MRS. SWANK TO SENIOR CLASS
Most of us are aware, by now, that there is something going on in the
World-that there is something moving in the world-that we are not living
in the gay nineties-in that period of peace and tranquility which is often
described as a "dream wor1d." During that period the world was comparatively
free from national anxiety, and if from that, then indeed from international
collapse. In such a day, the person with humanitarian interests, whether a
doctor, a nurse, or a social worker, went' out to fight disease. Today he must
fight not only disease, but man. Today he battles not the natural enemies of
man, but the "mind of man himself."
Indeed, we are aware that this is a momentous era in history, as H. G.
Wells says: "We are living in the end of a different period of history." This
is obvious, for in the exact words of those who attack modern civilization:
"I shall eradicate the thousands of years of human domesticationf' It is
almost impossible to comprehend such Words. But if those, what of these?
"I want to see again in the eyes of youth the gleam of the beast of prey. A
youth will grow up before which the world will shrink. This is the disease
which every humanitarian minded person meets. It is far worse than the
diseases of the body which at least are subject to scientific analysis, and
which, for the most part, are under the control of man. What a satisfaction
it is to know that a test-tube in the scientific laboratory behaves according to
a pattern-that it responds willingly to the investigating hand of man! But
a disease of mind, wherein a sane man pursues an insane idea, namely,
the eradication of the thousands of years of human domestication,-such a
disease defies the rules of the game. '
It is into such a World that nurses and those interested in humanitarian
ends, must go, not into an optimistic world, with a kindly vision which promises
ease and freedom, not into a world where justice and individual happiness
is the goal, and where the enrichment of culture is sought, for these are held
in bitterness and contempt by those who move in the pattern of a black and
bloodstained pessimism. An optimism and humanitarian social creed is con-
sidered as a general weakness of mind. Hence, that which was once the
code and ethic of the great human professions, is now looked upon in cold
derision and scorn.
A terrific task, then rests upon those who enter these professions, if they
are to maintain a respect for the standards which have come to be regarded
by civilization as worthwhile. They must go with a dominant committment to
the democratic rights of many they must go with a dynamic belief in the human
gains of an enlightened civilization. There is no room for that innocuous con-
ception which has pervaded the democracies in recent years. We cannot save
our democracy by sitting in a stupor. We cannot preserve our cherished rights
by irresoluteness of mind, by anemic and flaccid walls. Neither can we save
the freedom and liberty which have been our heritage, by dwaddling about
in faltering accents. "The brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,"
wrote Lowell. Is it not also true, as Theodore Roosevelt asserted, that "free
peoples can escape being mastered by others only by being able to master
The medical profession faces this tremendous challenge-a challenge
to be dominant in its belief that human rights are sacred, for that is the base
of the profession itself. Again, it must have a strong committment to its
"ministry of healing," for it is this the philosophy of human consideration-
which is challenged today.
LEOTA C. SWANK, R. N.
Director ot Nurses
C V M H
TO OUR DIRECTOR
L-oyal to the nursing profession,
E-ager her best to do,
O-nly striving to make each task
T-he easier for you-
A-capable Director of Nurses.
C-onsidering all your troubles,
U-nderstanding every test,
R-ealizing the effort you make
R-eally is your best-
Y-our friend, our Director of Nurses.
S-incere and fair is she,
W-anting each girl to succeed,
A-lways a splendid example, that
N-urses of C. V. M. H. will heed-
K-indest regards to Leota Curry Swank.
UPink Cross" is a symbol of the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
It was designed by Mrs. Iessis Green Stone-a graduate of C. V. M. H. in
1898. It was suggested by a senior student that We name our book for the
institution's symbol. Thus "Pink Cross" becomes known also as the yearbook
Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.
And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
The speechless sufferer turns to kiss
Her shadow, as it falls,
Upon the darkening walls.
As a door in heaven should be
Opened and then closed suddenly,
The vision came and went,
The light shone and was sent.
A lady with a lamp shall stand
In the great history of the land
A noble type of good
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mr. Herbert G. Fritz, Fellow ot The American College of Hospital Administration
Sitting in my room, as often, staring at the institution of which I was a
part, cmd wondering of its exciting history, a cloud came over my eyes and
a voice from nowhere began to tell me of an exciting, vivid story.
The time was May 31, l889g and the scene one of disaster, gloom, and
destruction. There was a cry of anguish, pallecl tearstained faces. A city in
the valley of the Alleghanies had been visited by the drama of death and
destruction, the great "Iohnstown Flood". Upon some faces there was written
bereavement and deprivation. Other survivors tryingly characterized patience,
fortitude and cheerful submission. Illness and accident was everywhere. Out
of the gloom came Dr. Pancoast and a chapter of the American Red Cross.
still in its youth. They immediately began the work of house-to-house visitation
and ministration to the sick and injured. As soon as possible they obtained
a few tents and erected them in the orchard of Iudge Harnilton's place on
Kernville Hill. The first patient was a 14 year old child with diphtheria, a
disease prevalent at this time. Other patients were admitted rapidly and
enlargement of facilities was deemed necessary. The tents were succeeded
by an L-shaped one story wooden building. This was occupied from Iune to
Ianuary 21 when the Red Cross withdrew and the institution was taken over
by the Cambria Co. Medical Association.
About this time the State Flood Commission found that they still had on
their hands about SlU0,0UU of relief money. The amount was too small for
general distribution, and the commission felt that if the money could be put
to some general use, for the good of the people as a whole, greater benefit
would result. The Medical Association immediately appealed for aid in erecting
a permanent hospital for the reception and care of the afflicted. It was ap-
paling to know that when the sick and injured were gathered from among
the survivors there was no safe and adequate building in which they could
be sheltered and cared for.
The course once suggested, there was no question raised as to its'
wisdom. There was appropriated sixty-five thousand dollars for the purpose
of the erecting of such an institution.
After necessary details had been worked out, ground was broken for
the new building on the 26th of February, l89l. The committee in charge
was fortunate in securing the services of Mr. George Orth, an architect of
experience and ability, who left evidence of his skill in every section of the
building. The building was completed on Ianuary 21, 1892. With transfer of
the hospital to the local authorities the people of the valley assumed the
management and maintenance of the institution. The hospital was named,
"The Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital", a memorial from the people of
the world to the people of the Valley of Iohnstown. It is a memorial to the
victims of the l889 flood and the great Christian spirit that prevailed from far
and wide to aid fellow suffers in their hour of need.
The hospital doors were opened to the sick and injured of whatever race,
creed or position. The field of services extended over wide areas of all sur-
rounding counties. The first staff of Memorial was: Medical-Dr. F. Schill, Dr.
W. E. Matthews, Dr. H. F. Tomb, Dr. L. H. Mayer, Surgical-Dr. W. B. Lowman,
Dr. A. Wakefield, Dr. I. C. Sheridan, and Dr. C. E. Hannan. The same year a
Nurses Training School was established. Miss Louisa P. Sims, was appointed
superintendent. Her duties began with matters relating to the care and comfort
of the patient, to management of all departments from the operating room to
the boiler room. All business of the Hospital in any department passed thru
her office. Executive duties kept her so busy, the position of matron was
opened. An efficient lady, Mrs. Laura Young, Vv as made happy in her work of
caring for matters relating to housekeeping. The training course for nurses
occupied two years and was under the control of the Training School Com-
mittee, who had the privilege of deciding the fitness of the candidates for
The nurses wore plain uniforms, and were ranked as assistant nurses
their first year. The second year they were to perform any duty assigned to
them by the chief nurse, even to head nurse position. How our curriculum
has changed. Their training was mostly practical, with few lectures by the
physicians. They gained most of their knowledge at the bedside from the
local physicians, on their professional visits. At the end of two years the
nurses were given a paper signed by the Training School and Hospital
Authorities enabling them to choose their own field of nursing. Steady progress
was made in the Training School. The graduating class usually ranged from
5 to l5 students. In 1905 the cirruculum was advanced and the training periods
extended to three years. In l906 there were additions to the hospital, because
of its limited capacity of 60. These additions brought the capacity to 140.
With its limited capacity failing to keep pace with the rapid growth of the
community, the hospital organization had, nevertheless, set up a wonderful
record in public service. A main thought at this time was the need for a much
larger institution. In l9l6 a great campaign for a building fund resulted in
the subscription of nearly S140,00U.UU. Plans were in readiness for erection of
a new hospital, due to the extended efforts of the people of the valley when
there was heard a cry of "War!!" on everyones lips. The World War. The
United States called to duty some of our best physicians. But we knew hospitals
in every state were placed in the same position. The increased cost of con-
struction and the difficulty in securing material delayed building operations.
The second campaign for public funds began in 1923. In 1925 the structure
was begun. It was decided that in order to accomodate the increase in the
personnell, which a larger hospital deemed necessary, a new nurses home
was needed, and accordingly, the present nurses home was constructed to
take care of this need. The growth of the hospital with its newest equipment
was a challenge to disease. There was the New Orthopedic and Psychiatric
department. The Physio and Hydro therapy sections were enlarged and new
equipment installed. There was a new Diagnostic Department, Obstetrics and
Special Eye Department. These departments stood with trained personnell
ready to serve all. Time slipped by, the hospital progressed with the years.
In 1932, the hospital put into effect group hospitalization. The organization
Was given credit for leading this very progressive and vital movement.
Nineteen hundred and thirty-six there came great clouds, and rain again
visited the valley, filling the rivers and streams to overflowing, causing a
second Iohnstown Flood. This time they were ready. The hospital doors were
open to all. Emergency radio systems were set up to the emergency lighting
system, as electrical power to the city was cut. All available space was used
for the construction of emergency wards.
Thanks to the graduate nurses who volunteered their services. In the
Flood of 1936 the hospital stood as a beacon to aid those in the dark. How
proud everyone was they could help and show they were prepared for any
In 1936 the hospital won national recognition by being given the National
Hospital Day Award. Yearly the doors are open to public inspection on May
12th. They were also admitted to membership in the Hospital Service Associa-
tion of Pennsylvania, early in l939.
The cirruculum and standards of the Nurses Training School were con-
stantly being elevated. They now have a Class A rating and the graduates
are much in demand.
The dream became more vivid. I could see a parade of many faces. To the
crowd of workers who had given their all to elevating the hospital, I humbly
paid my respects as a representative of the Class of '4l. Some faces appeared
more clearly than others, because they belonged to the new and later years.
In 1935 Mrs. Leota Swank became the Director and Superintendent of Nurses.
Miss Iosephine Cope in 1939 serenly took her post as practical nursing 'in-
structor, and 1940 gave a new science and theory instructor, Miss Iohanna
Krauss. There were many others but these three were destined to lead the
white parade that came annually from the hospital doors. The staff was con-
stantly changing and increasing. A brilliant figure was Mr. H. G. Fritz, present
superintendent of the hospital. Laurels to the years of service he has given
C. V. M. H.
The parade continued-There were the Seniors and Iunior Auxiliary
which has during many years, made large contributions in the form of equip-
ment..There was the ambulance, baby incubators, Deep X-Ray Therapy
Equipment and the Sterilizer, lights, delivery tables. Their work and kindness
never ended. It has marched thru the years. Suddenly the voice became a
form, the Spirit of C. V. M. H. I was extended an invitation to see and watch
the workers ot the institution. Going in the door I saw busy office workers.
new patients being admitted, doctors and nurses serving humanity willingly.
and happy in their work. Second Floor-Children department, happy faces,
so much being done for our future generation. Bethlehem Steel section-
industrial accidents, people injured trying to aid in the progress of a nation.
On Third floor in a small annex of the building, I met a lovely old man,
Mr. Edwin Horner, who had worked with Clara Barton, and came to Iohnstown
with the Philadelphia division in 1889. He had since worked for the progress
of C. V. M. H. Third and Fourth floors-private and ward cases, Fifth-the
large obstetrical department. Sixth-the operating room, X-Ray and laboratory
departments and on Seventh-studious brilliant student nurses learning the
theory of nursing.
Everywhere there were workers and progress.
Then I awoke, dashed to my window, and was so very proud of
C. V. M. H. Thanks to a dream.
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Dr. I. T, Taylor Dr. L. H
M S k Miss Cope Miss Krauss
I. B. Hall
G. H. Hudson
L. L. Porch
W. W. Kuhlman
B. E. Longwell, Ir
N. E. Mendenhall
B. C. Boyer
F. T. Carney
B. A. Braude
C. H. Schultz
E. C. Miller
W. M. Conway
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I. W. Bancroft
D. S. Bantley
A I. Barr
S. P. Boyer
I. H, Cohen
T. I. Cush
C. R. Colbert
C. R. Davis
F. P. Dostal
W. S. Dougherty
A. I. Edelstein
L. M. Gurley, Sr.
L. M. Gurley, Ir.
Dr. P. McCloskey
Dr. I. D. Keiper
Dr. M. Bloom
Dr. M. D. Rhoade:
Dr. H. B. Anderson
Dr. L. H. Mayer
Dr. H. L. Hill
Dr. L. W. Hornick
Dr. H. G. Difenderfer
Dr. I. Raymond
Dr. P. T. Meyers
Dr. A. G. Neil
Dr. W. H. Winey
Dr. W. E. Grove
Dr. I. Hatch
Dr. C. Hayes
Dr. C. M. Harris
Dr. P. Hager
Dr. E. O. Haupt
Dr. I. Ielferson
Dr. D. M. Iames
Dr. W. Iohnson
Dr. W. W. Keim
Dr. W. I. Killius
Dr. A. Lyncun
Dr. I. Lynam
Dr. T. E. Mendenhall
Dr. S. B. Meyers
Dr. C. B. Millhof
Dr. W. E. Matthews
Dr. W. I. Murray
R. D. Kraft
W. F. White
L. R. Alternus
D. P. Ray
W. F. Mayer
W. B. Templin
H. M. Griffith
I. P. Replogle
I. A. McHugh
M. C. Schultz
H. M. Stewart
F. G. Sharmann
C. K. Tredennick
I. T. Taylor
H. F. Tomb
I. W. Woodruff
C V M H
OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT S
Iosephine Cope, R. N. Iohcmncx Krauss, A. B. R. N. Elsie Thompson, R. N. Dolores Pebley, R. N.
Ethel Ccxuser, R. N. Liberiy Wcxlls, R. N. Frances Tomb, R. N. Isabel McFr1te, R. N.
Mary E. Bissell, R. N. Lois Brownell, B. S. R. P. T. Bernice Zerfoss, R. N. Fredcr Rosemcxn, R. N
C V M H
OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS
Iuyne Westover, R. N. F101-nell Wirick, R. N. Bernczdine Itle, R. N. Verna Mihcmlacki, R. N.
Ruth Schwing, R. N. Mary Ott, R. N. Edith Merringer, R. N. Mildred Kingston, R. N.
Mollie Beers, R. N. R. T. Ruth White, R. N. Anne Waters, B. S. Ruth Hurrer, B. S. M. S.
ADELAIDE PICKING, R. N.
THE SURGICAL NURSE
By L. I. B., of New York
The scalpel shining in his hand.
Begloved, begowned, and clean,
Awaiting but his aides' command,
He dominates the scene.
With face alert, absorbed, austere,
And ready mind and heart,
The zero hour now is here,
The game about to start.
His task to cut, to staunch, to sew,
And sewing, knows there lurks
No germs, their ugly heads to show,
To upset all the works. '
For she has sterilized the gown,
And. kniie, and glove, and gauze,
And rigorously has kept down
All antiseptic flaws.
Hers is a three-fold, endless task:
At first the stage she setsg
Then brings whatever he may ask,
And woe, if she forgets.
And finally she clears the mess,
So he may start anew.
Thus, scrub-nurse, much of his success
In truth belongs to you.
THE SMILING NURSE
How like an actress in this drama real,
She plays her part with unfailing care,
Yet, a thousand sorrows she must conceal
Beneath her gay assuming air.
No task too great in her daily role,
Her path of life with sacrifice filled,
She strives to reach no faraway goal,
Only that her pledges be fulfilled.
How, like the Warmth of the summer's glee,
The stormy clouds, she would disperse,
Yet endless though her duties may be,
She ever remains, the smiling nurse.
--Andrew C. Harvey
MY LADY IN WHITE
She stands by my side, The Lady in White
And watches my soul depart
Frowning the while at the devils' delight
As he gathers my ebbing heart.
She is neither my sweetheart,
My Wife or my mother
As she stands by me, thru the night
But only a sister who fights for a brother
My faithful Lady in White.
The World is four walls and heaven nearly
The past and the present my bed,
Time stands still as she watches me die
Yet calmly she pillows my head.
It is good just to know there is hidden from sight
Grim tears that record my plight,
And to feel the cool hands that comfort so well
Of the fair little Lady in White.
Oh nothing shall linger of birth to the grave
But the force of the Lady in White
Beginning or ending-there is no pretending-
A nurse is God's spirit in Life.
By Iames Allen
As you think, you travel, and as you love, you
attract. You are today Where your thoughts have
brought youp you Will be tomorrow where your
thoughts take you. You cannot escape the result
of your thoughts, but you can endure and learn,
can accept and be glad. You will realize the vision
tnot the idle Wishl, of your heart, be it base or
beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always
gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most
love. Into your hands will be placed the exact re-
sult of your thoughtsp you will receive that which
you earn, no more, no less. Whatever your present
environment may be, you Will fall, remain or rise
With your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You
will become as small as your controlling desirep as
great as your dominant aspiration.
MARY IANE BLOUGH
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Wg D SHIRLEY FITZGIBBON
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Xiu S ociable Fascinating
Reliable Fair player
Resolute Fun loving
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Majestic Well liked
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CLASSMATES OF 6641"
Graduation is here at last.
How quickly the three years flew,
As nurses to-day, we all must start
On paths that are strange and new.
As classmates we often worked side by side,
Each one of us doing our share.
The encouraging words and friendly smiles
Made burdens much easier to bear.
Oh give us the power to keep alive
These friendships we hold so dear,
Let each of our hopes be realized
As We travel on year by year.
It makes no difference how far we go,
If we only remember this rule-
To stop awhile,-and think each day
Of C. V. M. H. Training School.
We're half Way through and full of pep
This place just hasn't got us yet.
We're learning now that as We go
The Work grows easier, and We know
Why graduates and seniors should hav
For in the next few years We'l1 be
The same as theyp by heck!
Our aim is to be Nightingales, Bartons,
And now We know that all their Work
Is really quite a fight.
"Humanity must suffer",
That's how the saying goes-
But if our Work can change it,
Caps off, We're on our toes.
e their due respect
or their type,
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Treasurer ,... .
Ida Mae Bell
Anna Marie Byrnes
Nora lane Rainey
Nina Mae Walker
Oma Rae Walker
We Iuniors are cr jolly lot,
Doing things that We should not,
Though you think us not so bright
We Will get along all right.
Though you think us very green,
Most of our Work you have not seen
Remember? You were Iuniors too
And there were things you couldn't do
Now at lczst our cops We've Won,
Its now our turn to have some fun
With other students yet to come.
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Vice President ..........
Ruth E. Anderson
Mary Emma Meier
Beth Ann Moore
It is With sad hearts that We depart from this building Which for the past
three years has been our home. We know all its faults and virtues. We will
never forget the library and kitchen in the basement, Mrs. Neids' office, the
living room, and sitting rooms on first floor. Nor shall We ever forget our
Iunior days on Fourth floor, our Intermediate year on Third floor and our
Senior Year on Second floor with its balcony. Then too, Mrs. Neid and Mrs.
Appleman-Mrs. Neid-"our mother" for the three years We have lived here-
and Mrs. Appleman-our house keeper-who saw that our rooms were kept
THE GOOD SHIP C. V. M. H.
On September ll, l938, 43 probies stepped on board "The Good Ship
C. V. M. to sail across the Sea of Student Nursing. It proved a rough and
troublesome sea with many storms and treacherous rocks, but with the aid
of our good pilots-our supervisors we kept sailing. Our first study of anatomy
was accomplished on September 15th with the aid of dear old Tabby, the pet
cat of the Nurses Home-Then on September l9th we became an actual part
of the mechanism of the Good Ship--we were on Station for one whole hour.
Our first recreation was a welcoming party held by the Intermediates
with loads of fun for all on board, but dances, swimming, skating parties,
Christmas parties and the Spring Formal soon followed to keep us occupied
and entertained on our off duty hours. After each celebration we settled down
and devoted our time to fishing for knowledge. Sometimes we become dis-
couraged but it was as with grim determination that we clung to our purpose.
Soon the background of examinations appeared on our horizon and lest
our Ship should be parted we must strive hard to weather the Storm. Un-
fortunately some did not study hard enough and subsequently campus went
into effect at various intervals along the course. Our Seaworthy Ship sailed
on smoothly and it was with great rejoicing that we received our caps on
February 13th, 1939. We had safely passed our first milestone and were no
longer Probies but now Iolly Iuniors.
On March l7th a storm came up and Miss Richter proposed that we elect
officers to guide our ship through the Storms that inevitably would follow.
The following were elected-Dorris Strayer, Presidentg Kathryn Barron. Vice
President: Helen Freidhoff, Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Cope, Class Advisor.
With April showers came 17 days furlough, then backto our ship. As
Iunior Students we had to take turn at night watch, to comfort and protect our
passengers during the long dreary nights.
And so passes our first year aboard "The Good Ship". On September
3rd, l939 We were elevated to corporals bv the addition of 2 bars to our cuffs.
A new crew of 39 Probies stepped on board and we now became Inter-
mediates. The Sea became rougher still with more rocks and shoals to watch.
and more responsibilities to take, but our first triumph had given us courage
We noticed the Seniors were becoming seasick. So parties were held,
candy and sandwiches were sold and we successfully overcame the wave
and sufficient funds were raised to hold the Spring Formal at the Sunnehanna
Countrv Club, May 16, l94U, with Ierry Gray furnishing the music.
Thus another eventful summer passed-we had now passed the second
great milestone, and to celebrate the glorious occasion a cornroast was held
at Pletcher's cottage on August 16th, at which time our two year old black
shoes and hose were honorably cremated, we were now elevated to Seniors
and dare don white shoes and hose for the last part of our journey.
Overflowing with initiative a yearbook was proposed after many con-
ferences, sleepless nights, much careful planning and tireless labor our initial
edition was created and proved a huge success.
On Ianuary l4th, 1941, Miss C. V. M. H. was born. Miss C. V. M. H.
proved to be an 18 inch doll dressed as a nurse on which chances were sold.
After earning S40 for our class she was adopted bv L. H. Mayer on Feb. l4th.
On April l, due to excellent records the following were elected members
of the Honor Society-Ieanne Beals, Mildred Whiteledge and Dorris Strayer.
On the basis of character, leadership. scholarship and service.
Then came another summer with more dances, thereby completing the
third lea of our iourney. But before landing Commencement exerciseslwere
held in September.
We were now rwrepared to stern ashore in the Great Wide World to seek
our fortunes and achieve RIICCDQQ in whatever channels seein-'ed smoothest to
our personal likings and proved of greatest service to mankind.
Faculty Advisors ..,.., ....,. I . COPE, R. N., D. PEELEY, R. N.
Editor-in-Chief ...... ..,....................., D omus STRAYER
Associate Editor ..... .. .........,.......................,...... RUTH FLICKINGER
Business Managers ....... ....... K ATHRYN BARHON, MADELINE WEAVER
MARGARET BLOUGH MARY IANE BLOUGH MARIAN LOHR
Literary Editor ...... .....,,.,..............,.,, Q .............. I EANNE BEALS
Assistants .......,. ....... D OROTHY POTTER, MILDRED PIMLOTT
Advertising Manager ....... .....................,...,... ...... F E RN LAMBERT
BETTY OLDHAM ORPHA LONGWELL MILDRED WHITELEDGE
ANNE WARSING BETTY LYNCH
STUDENT ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION
This year of 1941, being most eventful, brought forth many new ventures.
One to be very proud of is the new Student Activities Association. Since nurses
hours and leisure activities are limited, it was decided there should be an
association to guide and direct activities of which nurses could take part.
- The Student Activities Association was formed September 19405 its main
object being to assist students to appreciate the value of wholesome group
living through a program of social activities. Any student in our school of
nursing is eligible to membership. Preliminary students are admitted auto-
matically to the association by paying a fee of five dollars upon admission
to the school, and entitles the student to all privileges of the association during
The first president of the association was Miss Ruth Flickinger. Other
officers were as follows: Vice-President, Dorothy Ionesg Secretary, Dorris
Strayer and Treasurer, Mildred Whiteledge.
The association is a small student government with the Director of Nurses
being managing director. lt is a government of nurses for nurses.
May it progress, and carry its banners high as the years slip by. We,
the class of "4l" have thoroughly enjoyed all the new activities and privileges
extended to us. --
HON ORARY SOCIETY
Daily, thru the halls of C. V. M. H. marches the White Parade. Each nurse
being a vital part of her own little sphere. Among these many there were a
few destined to be leaders. Their work and efforts were noticed by many but
never recognized with a material reward.
One day a new thought came from the student body. By recognition of
personal attributes of these leaders, a new spirit would surely develop. The
idea was placed before hospital authorities and received with loud appraisal.
The new society was to be called the "C. V. M. H. Honor Society". A
society admitting to its doors only those proving themselves Worthy by their
character, leadership, service and scholarship. These could not be bought with
so many sheckles but were accfuired by effort, hours of long study, stimulated
spirit and love and adaptation of work.
The members are chosen, from the Senior and Intermediate classes and
are based on character, which is determined by all capped students by ballot.
Leadership and Service which is determined by ballot bv Director of
Nursing, Director of Education, Director of Nursing Service and all supervisors.
Scholarship which is determined by class records for one year.
Each evaluation counting ZSW. Students may be eligible for membership
four times during the course of their training. Having won the award previous
does not make a student ineligible to win again. To win it inspires a higher
level of service, promotes depth of character, develops leadership, and im-
proves scholarship. This is surely an incentive for higher achievement. The
first society was as follows: Ieanne Beals, Dorris Strayer, Mildred Whiteledae,
Caroline Conrad, Dorothy Iones, and Grace Sandig. Miss Iones winning the
highest award for scholarship achievement. The members received certificates
and beautiful pins that must be won three times before they are kept per-
manently. The last time being during the latter half of her Senior year.
We bow to a new step in hospital organization in this year of 1941.
The living room is a large, Well
lighted and attractively furnished room
on the first floor of the nurses home.
It is the scene of most of our social
functions, such as class meetings and
dances. Among the furnishings of the
room We have a nicholodian given to
the Student Body by the Supervisors
at our last Christmas party. The stu-
dents often entertain their guests in
the living room or they may spend the
evening playing the piano, dancing to
the music of the nicholodian or listening
to the radio.
"If you fill up-then clean up" is
the motto of our kitchen which is
located in the basement of the nurses
home. The color scheme is red and
white, and the cupboards are filled
with multi-colored dishes and cooking
utensils. There is a refrigerator and
gas stove. A committee chosen by the
president of the Student's Association
is responsible for the food that is to
be kept in the kitchen. The students
enjoy immensely the spaghetti-suppers
and fudge made in the kitchen.
C V M H
A THOUGHT IN THE NIGHT
A call, a cry, a moan-now still
Voices in the night.
One calmly sleeping-resting
The next, a terrible tight.
All sleep or try as case may be,
Throughout the lonely night
Except the nurse on duty
Who never sleeps 'til light.
As night must fall-so comes the pains
Discomforts, tortures, ills,
A kindly Word, a constant watch
Or just a tiny pill-
All manners of relief employed
To ease the comfortless.
Oh, GOD!-please give us helping hands
For vigils in the night
And may We aid someone, somehow
Before that streak of light
Conveys to us the message
Best now, for it is light.
Release from strain is yours.
Tonight again you'll Watch,
Lingering beside the hopeless soul
Who's fading quickly now.
To us who have the Wealth of health
And hands to do the Work,
Give us the will to help on earth
The less unfortunate.
Life is sweet just because of the friends We have made, and the things which
in common we shareg
We Want to live on, not because of ourselves, but because of the people
Its giving and doing for somebody else-
On that all life's splendor depends.
And the joy of the world, when you have summed it all up
Is found in the making of Friends.
YOUR ROOM MATE
Who ambles in when you're on nights
Slams the door-ot your sleep makes light,
And makes you mad enough to tight?
Your Room Mate.
Who wears your hose, your shoes, your hat,
Your clothes, if she's not too fat,
And will not even stop at that?
Your Room Mate.
Who cheers you up When you are blue?
When you are sick takes care of you
And when you're broke, Will see you through?
Your Room Mate.
If nobody smiled, and nobody cheered, and nobody helped us along
If every man looked after himself, and good things Went to the strong,
It nobody cared just a little for you, and nobody thought about me.
And we all stood alone in the battle of lite,
What a dreary old world it would be.
Listen my friends, that you may hear
Of the operation I had this year.
In the year '41, Iune twenty-five
I wonder if I'd still be alive.
I came to the hospital and was put to bed,
Without even as much as a pain in my head.
I guess my pain must have left from fright,
Because when I came I felt alright.
I lay in bed, gazing here and there,
Knowing tomorrow kept drawing near.
The nurses all smiled each time they'd come,
Yet my feet and hands kept trembling some.
The interne came to look at me,
And the questions he asked like a 3rd degree.
You'd think I'd committed an awful crime,
And was sentenced to jail for a whole lifetime.
Now that wasn't so bad as I soon found out
When the started tossing me aboutp
My eyes, my ears, my tummy and nose,
My legs and arms and even my toes.
Now that was over and I lay awhile,
But soon a nurse came with a friendly smile.
But in her hand she carried a pan,
With a rubber tube and small white can.
"Hospital Routine" to them I could see
But only a pain in the neck to me
But then what else was I to do
I was at their mercy, and must see it through.
What seemed like a Week, but was only aniglit
My operation day dawned clear and bright.
I wasn't afraid but trembled some
As they wheeled me into the operation room.
The doctor came with gowns and masks
With assuring smiles went about their tasks.
Then I must have slept or dozed, I'd say
For I couldn't only hear them so far away.
Then I heard them say, "It's over now."
And I felt myself being moved somehow.
Then when I fully became aware,
The doctor and nurses were standing there.
"It's over now", for them that's sure
But, oh! what pain I did endure
As I lay there on the flat of my back
Wanting to turn this way and that.
My side-it pained, and my back had an ache
And I wanted the water I couldn't take.
I got the water-but not saying how!
For they seemed to think I must have it some-
So with tubes and needles they entered my
Worse than anything were these plagues.
Since I couldn't move. I just suffered then
Like a thousand devils poking pins in my skin.
Then with hypodermics I got relief,
And fell into a troubled sleep.
Only to wake to that gnawing pain
To find I must go through the same thing again.
How glad I was, the day I learned
I didn't have much pain when I tried to turn.
Then came the day I could sit up in bed
Without feeling as if I were loosing my head.
After that I began to feel, just swell,
But even at that I couldn't rest very well.
For it seems of energy, nurses never lack,
Always taking my temperature, or rubbing my
Or bringing me water to wash my face,
Or fixing my bed to stay in place,
Or bringing a bed-pan, or water to drink
Gosh! they hardly gave me time to think.
It's all very nice and they treat you swell,
But to be out of bed, I started to yell.
So finally they decided to let me out.
I was so glad I could almost shout.
But you can't imagine my dismay
When I found my legs wanted to give way.
As I sat on the chair and rested my head
I wished I were lying back in bed.
The doctor came again today
To tell me no longer I need stay,
So now I'm trying to walk around,
To get my feet used to solid ground.
Now as I look back o'er the past twelve days
There are many questions my mind would
But I can say to my friends and kin
It wasn't as bad as it might have been.
God bless doctors, nurses, hospitals too,
For if you aren't well, they'll fix you up like
I can say with all my heart, it really isn't bad,
For it it makes me feel so well, it's worth the
pain I had.
For everyone has been good to me,
The nurses are marvelous as they can be.
So I really should be ashamed to say
"I'm glad I'm going home today".
C V M H
IT IS NOT EASY
apologize To keep on trying
begin over To avoid mistakes
admit error To forgive and forget
be unseltish To keep out of the rut
take advice To make the most of a little
be charitable To maintain a high standard
be considerate To recognize the silver lining
But it always pays
Farethee Well, Farethee Well, friendsp
As seniors We now say good-bye
Class of "4l"--C. V. M. H.
Our leaving, will cause us to sigh.
We hope by our lives to prove We have succeeded,
Your training and teaching Will always be heeded.
Doctors fine, supervisors so trueg
Our best Wishes are yours every day,
We will always be thinking of you,
For We cherish this Work and We sayg
A thousand thousand times We'11 Wish
We could be there
Your joys and success in future years
With you share.
C V M H
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF Wilt'
We, the Senior Class ot l'l94l" ot Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital,
being of sound mind, memory, and understanding to make, publish, and de-
clare the following as our last Will and Testament. That is to say-
ITEM I. The front seats of the 2nd and 7th floor classrooms to the present
Iunior Class to cherish and keep in great esteem during the ensuing year
providing there aren't any back row seats.
ITEM Il. The ability to make money to the present Iunior Class, providing
they know the recipe for it.
ITEM III. The following individual members do hereby bequeath their
personal likings, characteristics and, idiosyncrascies to their lower classmen.
The incessant chatter, introduced by Ann Warsing honorably given to
Ruth Anderson. -
Ethel Moody's eagerness to receive a phone call every day to Ida Mae Bell.
Shirley Fitzgibbon's efficiency in correcting others in their grammar to
F erne Lamber's collection of knicknacks to Charlotte Miller.
Betty Lynch's competition with Max Baer to Evelyn Grillo.
Frances Caldwell's better idea of making "dummys" to Luella Lewis.
Dorothy Potter's ability as a beautician to Frances Buchannan.
Mary lane Blough's "horse stable" to Dorothy Iones.
Laura Zaber's laugh and Chuckels to Virginia Wright.
Helen Freidhoff's "pet calf" to Oma Rae Vtlalker.
Ieanne Beal's method of studying to Bettie Corse.
Agnes Foust's dimples to Nina Walker.
Mildred Whiteledge's tactfulness with individuals to Bettijane Kammer.
Elsie Haldeman's gigantic stature to Alverda Shipley.
Ruth Flickinger's sense of humor to Lillian Trostle.
Mildred Pimlott's pleasing personality to Grace Sandig.
Betty Oldham's evenings at Luebbes to Gladys Miller.
Marian Nanassy's brogue to Marjorie Harris.
Beulah Horner's ability in holding to one man to Ruth Cole.
Marian Lohr's entertaining ability on the annex steps to Dorothy Trammer.
Kathryn Barron's scheming for eight hour duty to Ruth Beck.
Iosephine Covitch's knack of getting blind dates to Anna Marie Byrnes.
Emma Doboy's desire to be a stenographer in a doctor's office to Betty
Marian Pletcher's "sticktoita'tiVeness" to Elizabeth Zubrod.
Orpha Longwell's -technique in conquering the army to Ruth Morley.
Pauline Slagle's fine understanding of details to Agnes Mihalacki.
Madeline Weaver's swimming ability to Ferne Bloom.
Iean Iobe's "easy come, easy go" attitude to Mildred Noon.
Dorris Strayer's impersonations of Ginger Rogers to Edith Coshun.
Faye Syster's use of the dial phone to Hazel Diehl.
Helen Stuckey's determination to finish training to Margaret Mindish.
Geraldine Kerr's secret of receiving candy and flowers to Iune Lechler.
Margaret Blough's ability to get around to Barbara Temyer.
ITEM IV. In regards to our collective likings we are placing the following
on the intermediates.
l. Not to bend the forks in the dining room. fanymorel.
2. See that the Irish Linen tableclothes are laundered weekly.
3. More care is given in handling the sherbets and goblets.
4. See that the weight is more evenly divided on the porch gliders.
5. See that the rocking chairs are returned to the class of "l8".
6. See that the tubs are not run over more than once a week.
7. See that careful use of the balcony is made during campus.
We do hereby pray that you will honor these beloved possessions and
use them as applesauce and pancakes.
? E i
Q t N may
Mr. Edwin D. Horner has been a familiar figure about the hospital since
its establishment in 1892. He was sent here during the Iohnstown Flood of
1889 from the Clara Barton Hospital in Washington, D. C. He worked with
Clara Barton under the supervision of the Red Cross and aided in establishing
the present Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital. For a period of time he
acted as purchasing agent for the establishment and then later was appointed
chief engineer, which position he held until 1933, when he retired from active
service. At the present time he acts in an advisory capacity and makes his
home in the hospital.
C V M H TT
SLIPS THAT PASSED IN THE NIGHT
We'l1 never forget:
Pim1ot's interpretation of B. M. R.-Bathroom privileges.
Non skid Warsing's-Five stats and sore tootsies.
Lynch's ice Water spills and sore knees.
Blough's guardianship per Lambert in Childrens Conservatory.
Sounds in the O. R. and Stuckey yells, "There is a mice in here."
Weaver and Lambert rolling adhesive Way back in the proby days.
lobe lon calll-"I don't know anything about transfusions." ZZZZZZ!
Lambert: "There's nothing like a dark room for greatest developments."
Potter: "A tonsillectorny is a pain in the neck-to-me."
Longwell: "In the diet kitchen you Weigh diets by the Gram 'till you
Syster lin Lubbe'sl: "From Where I sit I can't tell Whether it's mustard
Horner: "Smaller ice cubes, please."
Lohr-at midnight on the Annex steps.
Height doesn't matter to Moody. It she feels like hugging someone it
doesn't matter if he is tall.
Nanassy: "It's a racket."
Miss Krauss: "There are two kinds of motion. Name them."
Miss Fitzgibbon: "Slow and Lambert."
Miss Krauss: "Where is the lumbar region?"
Miss Flickinger: "The lumbar region is located in the North Woods."
Flickinger: "What's Worse than a patient with diptheria and scarlet fever?"
Warsing: "Why I guess a patient with rheumatism and St. Vitus Dance."
ARCHITECTS PICTURE OF ANATOMY OR THE FRAMEWORK OF THE
SILLY SET-UP BY FLICKINGERIMER AND LAMBERTY
The topic of my discussion this day is anatomy. I feel that I am in a
position to speak on this subject convincingly because I have a few bones
and muscles myself. As for a circulatory and nervous network and a bit of
the old gray matter, well, I have a tiny bit of that too??? I have not mastered
the art of wiggling my ears but I can at least raise an eyebrow.
Now take the appendages. I have at least four. two arms and two legs,
and together they form a good support, normally. I must admit that they are
slightly disjointed when attached to skates of any kind, but this may happen
to any one of you-at which point I could discuss very convincingly the
abnormalities of anatomy, inasmuch as contusions and aches are now my
lot at this time.
Now let us take up the subject of embryology or "How I Came to Be
What I Am". I feel that I am in a position to speak on this subject convincingly
because I was once embryo myself.
There two kinds of births, upper berths and lower berths. Figure it out
Next there are tissues-fine and coarse, blood vessels-for and against
foxygenation of coursel, bodies-foreign and civilized, bones-straight and
narrow and rough and tough. Then back to your senses, there are two-sense
and nonsense, the later of which I am well supplied. Then too, we must not
forget the crazy bone, the bridge of your nose, the cap of your knee, the ball
of your foot, the nail of your toe, one centralized button, the arch of the eye-
brow, the soul of the foot, the palm of the hand, the gateway of the mouth,
the sway oi the hips, the washboard of your back, the calf of the leg, the root
irah! rahll of your hair, the cut of your figure, the canal and drum of your
ear, the swallow of your throat. the apple of dear old Adam, the pit of your
arm, your windpipe, the box of your ear, the lope of your gait, the length of
your stride, the buds and lash of your tongue, the line of your map, the cut
of your blade, the collar of your bone, the pump of your heart, the hip of your
joint, the grippe of your hand, the hang oi your trapezius, the bump of your
knowledge, the ring of your voice, the crown of your head, the knock of your
knees, and what a heel.
Also, we have scalpels and scapulas. There common factor is blades.
Then there are specks that appear before the eyes when you don't wear
specs and those that protect you from seeing specks. E
And we have three kinds of reports, namely case, conference, and gun
Then there are nerves. Some folks we find, are very nervy. We can't
get the link between this expression and true nerves but we deem it necessary
to refrain from changing the expression.
This discussion profiteth us nothing, but, it is nevertheless a discussion.
Dr. L. R. Altemus, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. B. A. Braude, Iohnstown, Pa.
I. P. Replogle, Iohnstown, Pa.
William Hughes, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. C. H. Schultz, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. B. E. Longwell, Ir., Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. R. C. Davis, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. H. B. Anderson, Iohnstown, Pa.
H. L. Hill, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. I. D. Keiper, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. M. D. Rhoades, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. W. F. Mayer, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. H. M. Griffith, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. O. G. A. Barker, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Ray Parker, Iohnstown, Pa.
H. G. Difenderfer, Beaverdale, Pa.
Dr. Paul McCloskey, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Ioseph Raymond, Iohnstown, Pa.
Paul T. Meyers, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. W. B. Templin, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. L. W. Hornick, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Arthur Miltenberger, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Norman Mendenhall, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Iohn Borbonus, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. I. B. Hall, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. F. T. Carney, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Daniel Ritter, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Warren F. White, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. E. C. Miller, Portage, Pa.
Dr. W. F. Iohnson, Boswell, Pa.
Dr. A. G. Neill, Portage, Pa.
Dr. I. W. Bancroft fPh.B., M.D.l, Iohnstown,
L. L. Porch, Iohnstown, Pa.
W. W. Kuhlman, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Meyer Bloom, Iohnstown, Pa.
W. H. Winey, Iohnstown, Pa.
I. B. Woodruff, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. I. W. Barr, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. A. C. F. Zobel, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. L. M. Gurley, Sr., Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. D. G. Bloom, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. D. P. Ray, M.D., A.M., Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. S. B. Meyers, Iohnstown, Pa.
George H. Hudson, Iohnstown, Pa.
C. Reginald Davis, Iohnstown, Pa.
Dr. Edward Pardoe, South Fork, Pa.
Dr. C. K. Tredennick, Iohnstown, Pa.
F. I. Klimeck-X-Ray-Physical Therapy Apparatus, Iohnstown, Pa.
Bruck's Nurses Outfitting Co., Inc., 387 Fourth Ave., New York, N. Y.
Iohnstown Seafood Co., 110 Market Street, Iohnstown, Pa.
George S. Daugherty Co., Inc.,-Canned Foods-Pittsburgh, Pa.
Galliker Ice Cream Co.,-Manufacturers of Quality Ice Cream :Sf Dairy Products, Iohnstown, Pa
William Scanlan, Iohnstown, Pa.
The Foregger Co., Inc., 55 West 42nd Street, New York, N. Y.
Brooklyn Hospital Equipment Co., Iohnstown, Pa.
I. H. Hershberger 61 Son-Flour, Feed :St Grain-Iohnstown, Pa.
Berney Brothers-Wholesale Dry Goods :Sf Notions-606 Railroad St., Iohnstown, Pa.
Iohnstown Grocery Co.,-Wholesale Grocery-Locust 51 Iackson Streets, Iohnstown, Pa.
Medicinal Oxygen Company of Pittsburgh, Arsenal Terminal, 3939 Butler St.
Campbell Products, Inc., 79 Madison Ave., New York, N. Y. '
American Sterilizer Co., Erie, Pa.
DeRoy's Iewelers, Iohnstown, Pa.
Mrs. L. C. Swank
Miss Iohanna Krauss
Mayor Iohn A. Conway
Mr. Michael S. Cammarata-Memorial Hospital Barber
Walter R. Gramling, Iohnstown, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Whiteledge, Iohnstown, Pa.
Carnegie-Illinois Steel Co.
Canadian Fur Company
Miss Ruth Harrer
To those Who have made this yearbook possible
the class oi '41 extend their Whoiehearted thanks.
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