Raymond Luther Franklin

M, b. 15 April 1886, d. 21 December 1951
     Raymond Luther Franklin was born on 15 April 1886 at Carroll Co., MD. He was the son of Nathan H. Franklin and Asenith H. Edwards.1 Raymond Luther Franklin married Cora Belle Franklin, daughter of James Joshua Franklin and Catherine E. Farver, circa 1921, Raymond and Cora Belle Franklin were third cousins, once removed. Raymond Luther Franklin died on 21 December 1951 at Sykesville, Carroll Co., MD, at age 65

Obituary -- The Times (via Findagrave.com):

Raymond Luther Franklin, 65, Winfield, died Friday, December 21, 1951, in the Springfield State hospital after an illness of two years. A retired Baltimore city paving Inspector, he was a native of Taylorsville and a son of the late Nathan and Asenith Edwards Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his wife, Mrs, Cora B. Franklin, and four brothers and sisters, Mrs. Bessie Walker and Mrs. Margie Arnold, both of Catonsville; John Franklin, Baltimore and William Franklin, Taylorsville.

He was buried in December 1951 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Winfield, Carroll Co., MD, Findagrave #99096619.

Child of Raymond Luther Franklin and Cora Belle Franklin

Citations

  1. [S1787] 1900 Federal Census, Carroll County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 620; FHL #1240620.

Rezin Franklin1

M, b. 24 January 1799, d. 24 February 1861
     Rezin Franklin was born on 24 January 1799 at Maryland.1 He married Emeretta Porter. Rezin Franklin died on 24 February 1861 at age 62. He was buried in February 1861 at Bethany aka Covers Corner Cemetery, Taylorsville, Carroll Co., MD, Findagrave #71137069.

Child of Rezin Franklin and Emeretta Porter

Citations

  1. [S1945] 1850 Federal Census, Carroll County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 289.

Riley A. Franklin1

M, b. March 1851
     Riley A. Franklin was born in March 1851 at Carroll Co., MD.1 He was the son of Charles W. Franklin and Mary Catherine Kitzmiller.1 Riley A. Franklin lived on 25 June 1880 at Georgetown, Clear Creek Co., CO; Miner, single. The demographic data on the 1880 census listing are not a good match (3 years too young, born in Illinois), however since he appears again in the 1885 Colorado state census of Clear Creek County, and was still a miner when listed in the 1900 census of Gunnison County, this must be the same Riley Franklin. DLB 2019.2 He lived on 20 June 1900 at Main Street, Pitkin, Gunnison Co., CO; Miner, single. No further documentation found.3

Citations

  1. [S4724] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 471; FHL #803471.
  2. [S4725] 1880 Federal Census, Clear Creek County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 89; FHL #1254089.
  3. [S4726] 1900 Federal Census, Gunnison County, Colorado. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 124; FHL #1240124.

Rudolph Franklin1

M, b. 24 June 1911, d. 21 June 1991
     Rudolph Franklin was born on 24 June 1911 at Monroe Co., KY.1 He was the son of Sidney Austin Franklin and Myrtle Stinson.1 Rudolph Franklin married Mary Iva Wimpee, daughter of Joseph Harrison Wimpee and Lillie Morris Creek, on 7 July 1928 at Macon Co., TN. Occupation: Dairy truck driver in 1940 at Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY.2 Rudolph Franklin died on 21 June 1991 at Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY, at age 79.

Children of Rudolph Franklin and Mary Iva Wimpee

Citations

  1. [S3214] 1920 Federal Census, Allen County, Kentucky. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 557; FHL #1820557.
  2. [S2281] 1940 Federal Census, Warren County, Kentucky. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1360.

Russell Hampton Franklin

M, b. 28 March 1915, d. 6 August 1992
     Russell Hampton Franklin was born on 28 March 1915 at Baltimore, MD. He was the son of William Harvey Franklin and Bertha Ray Hampton. Russell Hampton Franklin married Lorraine Margaret Unger, daughter of George Condore Unger and Frances V. Rzepka, on 10 February 1940. Russell Hampton Franklin died on 6 August 1992 at age 77.

Child of Russell Hampton Franklin and Lorraine Margaret Unger

Ruth L. Franklin1

F, b. 4 April 1905, d. 30 March 1976
     Ruth L. Franklin was born on 4 April 1905 at Maryland.1 She was the daughter of Herbert Auguster Franklin and Caroline (?)1 Ruth L. Franklin married John Ferdinand Silber, son of John R. Silber and Mollie K. Wiegel. Ruth L. Franklin died on 30 March 1976 at Baltimore, MD, at age 70

OBITUARY - The Evening Sun; Baltimore, Maryland; Thursday, April 1, 1976; Page 6 (Newspapers.com)

Mrs. Ruth Silber Services Saturday
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth L. Silber, a retired custodian in the Police Department will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday at the McCully funeral establihment, 130 East Fort avenue.

She died Tuesday at South Baltimore General Hospital. She would have been 71 on Sunday.

A native of Baltimore, the former Ruth L. Franklin was the wife of the late John F. Silber, Sr., a machinist for Elliott Brandt Company.
Until her retirement last year, she had worked as a custodian at the Southern police district station house. She worked there for over 11 years.

Miss Silber was active in the Grace United Church of Christ, on South Charles street. She was one of the church's oldest members.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Doris Ruszin, of Pasadena, and Mrs. Juanita Hooper, of Baltimore, a son, John F. Silber, Jr., of Baltimore; a sister, Mrs. Emma Steinhice, of Pasadena; a brother, Herbert Franklin, a retired district judge, and 10 grandchildren.

Children of Ruth L. Franklin and John Ferdinand Silber

Citations

  1. [S1889] 1910 Federal Census, Baltimore Independent City, Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 555; FHL #1374568.

Sarah L. Franklin1

F, b. circa December 1859
     Sarah L. Franklin was born circa December 1859 at Winnebago Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of Elijah Franklin and Nancy Strawn.1

Citations

  1. [S2824] 1860 Federal Census, Winnebago County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 240; FHL #803240.

Sidney Austin Franklin1

M, b. 30 July 1878, d. 3 June 1962
     Sidney Austin Franklin was born on 30 July 1878 at Kentucky WW I draft registration shows 1879.1 He married Myrtle Stinson, daughter of Wesley Wilson Stinson and Millie Jane Farley, circa 1899.2,1 Sidney Austin Franklin lived on 19 June 1900 at Civil District 15, Montgomery Co., TN.2 He lived on 21 April 1910 at Gum Tree Precinct, Monroe Co., KY; Farming. Census p.3B. He died on 3 June 1962 at Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY, at age 83.

Children of Sidney Austin Franklin and Myrtle Stinson

Citations

  1. [S3214] 1920 Federal Census, Allen County, Kentucky. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 557; FHL #1820557.
  2. [S4759] 1900 Federal Census, Montgomery County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1590; FHL #1241590.

Theodore V. Franklin1

M, b. December 1887
     Theodore V. Franklin was born in December 1887 at Boone Co. (probably), IA.1 He was the son of Thomas Richard Franklin and Frances Melcher.1

Citations

  1. [S193] 1900 Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 418; FHL #1240419.

Thomas Edward Franklin1

M, b. 14 May 1894, d. 18 September 1984
     Thomas Edward Franklin was born on 14 May 1894 at Boone Co. (probably), IA.1 He was the son of Thomas Richard Franklin and Frances Melcher.1 Thomas Edward Franklin married Ethel C. Bloomfield. Thomas Edward Franklin died on 18 September 1984 at age 90. He was buried in September 1984 at Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, Boone Co., IA, Findagrave #60703609.

Citations

  1. [S193] 1900 Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 418; FHL #1240419.

Thomas J. Franklin

M
     Thomas J. Franklin was born at England. He married Mary Elizabeth Lundstrom.

Child of Thomas J. Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Lundstrom

Thomas Nelson Franklin

M, b. 10 June 1864
     Note: From HISTORY OF SHELBY COUNTY, IOWA --

THOMAS N. FRANKLIN:

The gentleman to whom attention is directed in this review had attained prestige by reason of native and acquired ability because of prominence of his position in banking circles and by reason of his high standing in the domain of citizenship. He takes a deep and abiding interest in everything pertaining to the material advancement of his city and county and lends his hearty support to every enterprise intended to promote the advancement of Shelby County.

His family was one of those who had the distinction of being numbered among the pioneers of the Groves, Mr. Franklin has lived the greater part of his life within the borders of his home county. As vice-president of the oldest
financial institution in Shelby county he holds a position of honor, trust and responsibility in the community.

Thomas N. FRANKLIN, vice-president of the Shelby County State Bank, was born June 10, 1864, in Summit County, Utah, and was the son of Thomas J. FRANKLIN, a native of England. The father was an officer in the British Army before coming to America and came of an excellent English family. He emigrated to this county about 1850, and after spending some time in the Middle West he journeyed to Utah a few years after the great migration of Mormon settlers or Latter Day Saints. He became affiliated with this denomination and took some part in establishing the settlements in the state founded by the Latter Day Saint leaders. He was one of the officers of the church organization in Utah, but in 1870 he renounced his belief in the faith of this church and united with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, after which he moved to Missouri where he died some years afterwards. The wife of Thomas J. FRANKLIN and the mother of Thomas N. was Mary Elizabeth LUNDSTROM, a native of Sweden who came to America when sixteen years of age. She died in Harlan in 1907 and was the mother of five children, Henry died at the age of seventeen years; J. M. resides near Cameron, Missouri; Mrs. Selina Clark lives at Ukiah, California; Thomas N., with whom this narrative deals; Mrs Julia V. Mockler, of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Mr. Franklin has been twice married. His first marriage occurred in September, 1893. He married Gertrude TALLMAN, who died March 27, 1895, leaving one daughter, Mabel Gertrude, a student in the Music Conservatory at Fargo, North Dakota. His second marriage took place May 12, 1907, to Pearl S. MC CORD, a daughter of Bradley and Mary E. MC CORD, of Harlan. To this marriage have been born the following children: Mary Elizabeth, born October 6, 1899: Maxine, born November 10, 1901: Thomas Bradley, born February 14, 1906, and Mignon Velate, born December 31, 1913.

Mr. Franklin is allied with the Democratic party and takes an interest in political affairs to the extent of assisting in the election of good and capable men to office. He is a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints. He is fraternally connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Blue Lodge of the A. F. and A. M of Harlan. His standing in the community as one of its well respected and useful citizens is assured.

Thomas Nelson Franklin was born on 10 June 1864 at Summit, UT. He was the son of Thomas J. Franklin and Mary Elizabeth Lundstrom. Thomas Nelson Franklin married Gertrude Pearl Tallman, daughter of James Henry Tallman and Landora Jane Richtstine, on 20 September 1893 at Harlan, Shelby Co., IA.

Child of Thomas Nelson Franklin and Gertrude Pearl Tallman

Thomas Richard Franklin1

M, b. 31 January 1859, d. 16 October 1924
     Thomas Richard Franklin was born on 31 January 1859 at Greenfield Twp., Fairfield Co., OH.2,1,3 He was the son of Benjamin Franklin and Amanda Patience Hunter.1 Thomas Richard Franklin married Frances Melcher, daughter of Edward Melcher and Clara (?), circa 1886 at Boone Co. (probably), IA.3 Thomas Richard Franklin died on 16 October 1924 at age 65. He was buried in October 1924 at Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, Boone Co., IA, Findagrave #40451313.

Children of Thomas Richard Franklin and Frances Melcher

Citations

  1. [S292] 1880 Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0328; FHL #1254328.
  2. [S576] 1860 Federal Census, Fairfield County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 960; FHL #803960.
  3. [S193] 1900 Federal Census, Boone County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 418; FHL #1240419.

Thomas Unger Franklin

M, b. 9 February 1945, d. 8 April 2016
     Thomas Unger Franklin was born on 9 February 1945 at Baltimore, MD. He was the son of Russell Hampton Franklin and Lorraine Margaret Unger. Thomas Unger Franklin married Barbara L. Podolsky, daughter of George Anthony Podolsky and Alice June Whitmer. Thomas Unger Franklin died on 8 April 2016 at Westminster, Carroll Co., MD, at age 71

Obituary -- The Sun; Baltimore, Maryland; Sunday, April 10, 2016 (GenealogyBank.com):

On April 8, 2016, Thomas Unger Franklin of Eldersburg, beloved husband of Barbara Franklin (nee Podolsky), devoted father of Jarret Franklin and Judith "Cori" Klein; father-in-law of Jennifer Franklin and Thomas Klein; loving brother of James Franklin; son-in-law of Alice June Podolsky and dear grandfather of Isabella Grace Franklin and Maxx Anthony Franklin.

The family will receive friends at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 pm. A prayer service will follow the visitation on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.


Obituary -- Genealogy prepared by Robert Fowler (Ancestry.com):

Thomas Franklin (1945 - 2016)
Thomas Unger Franklin, age 71, of Eldersburg, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Carroll Hospital after a long illness. Born February 9, 1945, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Russell Franklin and Lorraine Unger Franklin. He was the devoted husband of Barbara Podolsky Franklin. Tom had retired in 2010 from the Henry H. Lewis Contracting firm in Reistertown, MD where he had been a project manager for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors, particularly hunting, fishing, crabbing and the Eastern Shore culture. Depending on the circle of friends, Tom was known as "Mr. Fix It", Popular Mechanics, or "Too Tall". He was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Jarret and Jennifer Franklin; daughter and son-in-law; Judith "Cori" and Thomas Klein; brother, James Franklin; mother-in-law, Alice June Podlosky, and grandchildren, Isabella Grace Franklin and Maxx Anthony Franklin. The family will receive friends . . . (rest missing).

Vernon Delhart Franklin

M, b. 2 September 1927, d. 13 April 2012
     Vernon Delhart Franklin was born on 2 September 1927 at Fox, Carter Co., OK.1 He was the son of William Henry Franklin and Osa Angeline Cargo.1 Vernon Delhart Franklin died on 13 April 2012 at Midland, Midland Co., TX, at age 84


Obituary:

Vernon D. Franklin, 84, of Midland, died on Friday, April 13, 2012, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, April 16, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Rev. Bob Porterfield, officiating.
Survivors, all of Midland, include wife, Edwana Lynette; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis L. and Carolyn S. Franklin; daughter, Ellen Diane Franklin and friend, Eloy Davis; grandson, Robert Michael Franklin.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.

Citations

  1. [S4415] 1940 Federal Census, Duval County, Texas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 4023.

Wade Franklin1

M, b. January 1881, d. 1918
     Wade Franklin was born in January 1881 at Maryland.1 He was the son of Elhanen H. Franklin and Mary E. Skidmore.1 Wade Franklin died in 1918 at Baltimore (probably), MD. He was buried in 1918 at Baltimore Cemetery, Baltimore, MD, Findagrave #166715039.

Citations

  1. [S1422] 1900 Federal Census, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 608-618; FHL #1240608-18.

William Harrison Franklin

M
     William Harrison Franklin married Mariah Jane Clarke.

Child of William Harrison Franklin and Mariah Jane Clarke

William Harvey Franklin1

M, b. 9 September 1880, d. 21 August 1946
     William Harvey Franklin was born on 9 September 1880 at Carroll Co., MD.1 He was the son of Charles Samuel Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Shipley.1 William Harvey Franklin married Bertha Ray Hampton, daughter of Henry Elwood Hampton and Jane Elizabeth Kellam, on 12 December 1912 at Baltimore, MD. William Harvey Franklin married Anna M. Hohman, daughter of John Hohman and Anna M. Schline, circa 1924. William Harvey Franklin was buried in August 1946 at Western Cemetery, Baltimore City, MD, Findagrave #92794119. He died on 21 August 1946 at age 65.

Children of William Harvey Franklin and Bertha Ray Hampton

Child of William Harvey Franklin and Anna M. Hohman

Citations

  1. [S1422] 1900 Federal Census, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 608-618; FHL #1240608-18.

William Harvey Franklin1

M, b. 28 September 1914, d. before 1965
     William Harvey Franklin was born on 28 September 1914 at Baltimore, MD, WW II draft registration.1 He was the son of Herbert Auguster Franklin and Fredericka Marie Hamel.1 William Harvey Franklin married Mary Lillie Ingram, daughter of Loney Franklin Ingram Sr. and Clara J. Powell, before April 1935.2 William Harvey Franklin lived on 9 April 1940 at 5322 Catalpha Road, Baltimore, MD; in his parents' home. Air conditioning mechanic.2 He died before 1965.

Citations

  1. [S3333] 1920 Federal Census, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Rolls 656-69; FHL #1820656-69.
  2. [S2573] 1940 Federal Census, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1521.

William Henry Franklin1

M, b. 16 October 1894, d. 3 July 1968
     William Henry Franklin was born on 16 October 1894 at Texas.1 He married Osa Angeline Cargo. William Henry Franklin died on 3 July 1968 at Wilson, Carter Co., OK, at age 73. He was buried in July 1968 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, Carter Co., OK, Findagrave #19556068.

Child of William Henry Franklin and Osa Angeline Cargo

Citations

  1. [S4415] 1940 Federal Census, Duval County, Texas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 4023.

William Hohman Franklin

M, b. 8 May 1925, d. 5 August 1991
     William Hohman Franklin was born on 8 May 1925 at Baltimore, MD. He was the son of William Harvey Franklin and Anna M. Hohman. William Hohman Franklin began military service on 10 March 1944 WW II service, U.S. Army, enlisted Ft. Meade, discharged 19 MAY 1946. He died on 5 August 1991 at age 66.

William J. Franklin1

M, b. circa 1855
     William J. Franklin was born circa 1855 at Iowa.1 He was the son of Elijah Franklin and Nancy Strawn.1

Citations

  1. [S2824] 1860 Federal Census, Winnebago County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 240; FHL #803240.

Winifred Mary Franklin1

F, b. 23 November 1889, d. 15 November 1988
     Winifred Mary Franklin was also known as "Frankie". She was born on 23 November 1889 at Los Angeles Co., CA.1 She was the daughter of Jabez Buell Franklin and Susan Stauffer.1 Winifred Mary Franklin married William Arthur Reinig circa 1921. Winifred Mary Franklin died on 15 November 1988 at Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, at age 98

Biography (via Findagrave.com):

Documentary materials provided by
Candace McCorkell, granddaughter of Melina Adam, Winifred Reinig's best friend.

Background

Winifred was born in Los Angeles, attended school in Clinton, Iowa, and, at age 16 in 1905 settled on a ranch with two friends; moved to Portland, Oregon
Note—About her decision to move to Portland, she explained, "I just picked it off the map." [Melinda Owen, "90th Birthday Looms, Doesn't Slow Woman," The Oregonian, nd, clipping in family papers]
Volunteered for Red Cross in Oregon in 1914; she worked as a nurse until the U. S. declaration of war in April 1917 ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]

War

Enlisted as Army Nurse in 1917
While serving as an Army Nurse, Winifred acquired the nickname "Frankie"; typically, Army nurses had nicknames, derived from their last names
Departed NYC on Aquatania, with more than 6000 troops and 99 nurses ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
Army nurse in France; served in the Battle of the Argonne
12-hours on duty per day as a nurse; she recalled that there were one nurse and four or five "men attendants" for every fifty patients. ["World War I emembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
Wounded doughboys kept arriving at Winifred's field hospital for several months following the Armistice. ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
In France "Frankie" met and became life-long best friends with Melina ("Addie") Adam (Army Signal Corps)
Return to Oregon

After war she worked at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, beginning in 1919
Marriage to William (Bill) Reinig

She used to swim in the Willamette River. While swimming one day she met Bill Reinig (in Navy?/Navy vet?)
Married Bill Reinig in 1921
He was born on 28 May 1896
For thirty-four years he worked for the Postal Service
They purchased home c1920—As of 1984 she was still living there, in a district called Rose City Park, across Sandy Boulevard from Jack and Melina Converse.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Oregonian; Portland, Oregon; Sunday, October 19, 1980; Page 49

World War I - Army hospital unit plans reunion, by Leverett Richards of the Orgonian staff
Hardtack and gas masks highlight Winifred Franklin "Frankie" Reinig's memories of World War I in which she served as an Army nurse in France 62 years ago.
Mrs. Reinig, 91, is one of a handful of veterans of U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 46 who will hold a reunion luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Portland Elks Lodge. She is the only local survivor ot the 100 nurses from Portland who volunteered for service.
Adolph Bloch, 85, president of the enlisted men's organization, reports 34 names still on his mailing list out of the 200 who marched off to war July 23, 1918, but only a dozen were able to attend the last reunion.
Only one of the 100 physician officers is known to survive -- Dr. Karl Moran, now retired in Palm Springs, Calif.
"I remember the time when we had nothing but hardtack and catsup to eat," Mrs. Reinig recalled. "And I'll never forget the victims of gas attacks we had to treat in the hospital. We had to wear gas masks to handle the patients, especially those who had been hit by chlorine gas.
"But the mustard gas was the worst. When we peeled the clothes off the wounded their skin would come off with their clothes. They were badly burned. And we had a lot of them among the 8,300 patients we treated during our year close behind the front."
Bloch's copy of the 46th's history reports 840 cases of gas poisoning among the 4,479 patients handled by the medical service section of the hospital.
"This was the first major use of poison gas and the doctors didn't know what to do for the men," Mrs. Reinig recalled. "It was some of the nuses who first suggested using baking soda to treat the massive gas burns," she said.
War was not only hell, it was hard work day and night for the nurses and medics of the enlisted corps, she reminisced. "There would be only one nurse for 50 men in a ward at night, with the help of three or four ward boys."
Our doctors and surgeons were the best, though," Bloch said. "Our records show we lost only 131 out of the 8,266 paitents the hospital treated between July 2, 1918 and Dec. 31, 1918, a mortality rate of only 1.5 percent. We had 1,575 patients in wards and tents at one time."
While the 46th was designated a base hospital, it was so close to the front that it actually served as an evacuation hospital, returning 28 percent of its patients to the trenches.
In those days people didn't wait to be drafted or even asked to volunteer. It was the University of Oregon Medical School, under Dean K.A.J. Mackenzie, that organized the unit. Dr. Robert C. Yenney, later a lieutenant colonel, from the school's staff was named director of the effort. Doctors and surgeons were chosen from the staff.
When the call went out for 100 nurses, about 1,000 volunteered, including the too old, too young and too married. They had to [be] dissuaded, "Kicking and screaming" to narrow the list to 106. "I remember sailing on the Aquitania from New York with 6,000 troops," Mrs. Reinig said. "There was a lot of fire from the big guns of our convoy and we were told a submarine had attacked, but had been sunk," the history recounts. "I remember drilling in Madison Square Garden across from our hotel in New York while waiting for the boat," Mrs. Reinig recalled.
The enlisted men, nearly 200 strong, were drilled by civilians during the first year. They were all civilians, officially the "University of Oregon and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Red Cross Base Hospital 46." The Elks Lodge donated $40,000 and the Red Cross several thousand dollars to provide the medical equipment required. The nurses supplied their own gear.
It was not until Jan. 2, 1918, that the unit was officially commissioned in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Lewis. Then the enlisted men got their uniforms and began to draw their pay.
"We were all privates," Bloch recalls.
"We nurses got $60 a month," said Mrs Reinig. "Now, all military nurses are commisioned and start out at 10 time the pay we got. But we didn't serve for money. We served because our country and our Allies needed us."
The unit was based at Bazoilles-sur-Meuse, meaning "a lowland for geese" on the Meuse River near the Argonne. The village of Domremy, birthplace of Joan of Arc, was nearby. The unit was disbanded May 22, 1919, never to be activated again. "Everyone has to be in their 80s or 90s," Bloch said sadly. "I don't know how many more reunions we will have."

She was buried in 1988 at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, Findagrave #36351518.

Citations

  1. [S1002] 1900 Federal Census, Whiteside County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 352; FHL #1240352.

Franklin

F, b. 9 February 1920, d. 9 February 1920
     Franklin died on 9 February 1920 at Allen Co., KY. She was born on 9 February 1920 at Allen Co., KY. She was the daughter of Floyd Wakefield Franklin and Avery Critt Stinson.

(?) Franks

M
     (?) Franks was born at Michigan. He married Mary Virginia Miller, daughter of James Elhanan Miller and Frances Dodson, after 1921.

Barbara Ann Franks

F, b. 23 May 1926, d. 15 February 2006
     Barbara Ann Franks was born on 23 May 1926 at San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. She was the daughter of Roy Lee Franks and Ann Edna Runstadler. Barbara Ann Franks married Richard Charles Shaw-MacMillan, son of Clarence Zeke Shaw and Lorrena Bagley Smith, on 1 October 1949 at San Francisco Co., CA. Barbara Ann Franks died on 15 February 2006 at Manassas, VA, at age 79.

Henry Franks

M, b. circa 1765
     Henry Franks was born circa 1765. He married Christina Mason, daughter of John Maurer and Appolonia Becker, circa 1787.

Mary Maude Franks

F, b. 13 June 1880, d. 17 January 1967
     Mary Maude Franks was born on 13 June 1880 at Kansas. She married Robert Burns Wendell, son of John Henry Wendell and Georgia Anna Meyers, on 24 October 1900. Mary Maude Franks died on 17 January 1967 at York, York Co., NE, at age 86. She was buried on 20 January 1967 at Council Cemetery, York, York Co., NE.

Children of Mary Maude Franks and Robert Burns Wendell

Roy Lee Franks

M
     Roy Lee Franks married Ann Edna Runstadler.

Child of Roy Lee Franks and Ann Edna Runstadler

Sarah S. Franks

F, b. 25 May 1820, d. 18 July 1904
     Sarah S. Franks was born on 25 May 1820 at Licking Co., OH. She married Alva Swisher. Sarah S. Franks died on 18 July 1904 at Licking Co., OH, at age 84. She was buried in July 1904 at Franklin Township Lutheran Cemetery, Newark, Licking Co., OH, Findagrave #37419731.

Child of Sarah S. Franks and Alva Swisher