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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lula Myrtle Rhone Papers, 1900-1975



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rhone, Lula Myrtle, 1893-1978
Title: Rhone, Lula Myrtle, Papers
Dates: 1900-1975
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, photographs, diaries, certificates, booklets, books, postcards, scraps and clippings, the Lula Myrtle Rhone Papers, 1900-1975, document the experiences of a professional American nurse from her service in the Red Cross and the Army Nurse Corps during World War I and the immediate following years to her practice as a school nurse during the 1950s and 1960s.
Accession No.: AR 2012-070
OCLC No.: 884277645
Extent: 2 ft., 46 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania in 1893, Lula Myrtle Rhone was a nurse in the U.S. Army form June 1918 to 1921. She graduated from training school in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, in 1917 and enrolled in the American Red Cross Nursing Service as a registered nurse in June 1918. Her basic training was at Fort Banks, Massachusetts, and she then served in an Army hospital in Savenay, France. Back in the United States, she took the oath of office in November 1919 and served in the Army Nurse Corps at the Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, California, and the camp hospital in Camp Lewis, Washington. In 1921 she was honorably discharged from military service as a 2nd Lieutenant nurse.

Shortly after returning from overseas, Lula married war veteran Frank Deppen who was recovering from severe chemical warfare injures at the Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He died from his injures around 1922. They had one daughter, Mona Lisa, eventually renamed Frankie Ellen Deppen. Lula remarried to Samuel Roger Gorrell, from Kentucky, and in 1936 they had a child named Roger Lee Gorrell. The Gorrells settled in Muleshoe, Texas, where Lula worked as a nurse in the Green Hospital and Clinic for 10 years and as a school nurse at the Muleshoe Independent School for another 10 years. She spent the rest of her life in Muleshoe where she died in July 1978.

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Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, photographs, diaries, certificates, booklets, books, postcards, scraps and clippings, the Lula Myrtle Rhone Papers, 1900-1975, document the experiences of a professional American nurse from her service in the Red Cross and the Army Nurse Corps during World War I and the immediate following years to her practice as a school nurse during the 1950s and 1960s.

Her service on a base-hospital in France is revealed by several stamped passes and cards, an American Red Cross badge, official correspondence, photographs, a diary, a song sheet for army nurses, and assorted booklets, photo postcards, scraps and clippings. The correspondence, including letters from her first husband, illustrates the bonds developed between nurses and soldiers. Later service in the Army Nurse Corps is reflected in official documents and certificates. Some official documents relating to both of her husbands’ participation in World War I are also included. Contracts, awards, routine duties, children lists, correspondence and photographs document her school nurse years. The collection includes also personal photographs, which span from the early 1900s to the 1970s, and a number of negatives, slides and audiotapes.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rhone, Lula Myrtle, 1893-1978
Deppen, Frank Isaac
Gorrell, Samuel Roger, 1892-1958
Subjects (Organizations)
American National Red Cross. Nursing Service
United States. Army Nurse Corps -- History
Subjects
Military nursing -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans – Archives
World War, 1914-1918--Participation, Female—Sources
School nursing
Places
Savenay (France)
Muleshoe (Tex.)

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lula Myrtle Rhone Papers, 1900-1975, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, June 2014.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4D236 Certificate of Baptism, 1900.
Nurse Training School, 1915-1916, undated.
World War I related documents
Correspondence, 1918-1919, 1967, undated.
Diaries, 1919, 1921.
Scraps, Postcards, Clippings and Booklets, ca. 1919.
American Red Cross Nursing Service, 1918-1920, undated.
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2.325/N36c Nurse's song sheet, ca. 1919.
box
4D236 Army Nurse Corps, 1920-1925, undated.
Frank Deppen War Risk Insurance Documents, 1920.
Hospital Order Relating Samuel R. Gorrell, 1919.
Baby and School Days Books, 1921, 1927.
Legion Airs, songbook, 1932.
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4L881 Bible, 1935.
box
4D236 Scrapbook, 1950-1957.
Green Hospital and Clinic, Muleshoe, 1952.
Muleshoe Independent School, 1953-1961.
Clippings, 1965-1975, undated.
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2W92b Photographs
American Red Cross Nursing Service and Army Nurse Corps, 1918-1921, ca. 1975.
Muleshoe Independent School, 1953-1956, undated.
Family, 1921-1971, undated.
box
2W92c Photo Albums, ca. 1900-ca. 1919.
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2.325/d19a Matted Photographs, ca. 1900-ca. 1960.
box
3So11a Unprocessed Slides, Negatives and Audiotape, undated.

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