Iowa County

Mrs. Idella B. Kane Dower



Mother-Daughter Graduate From Same School and Both Now Engaged in War Work

Marengo, Ia. -- Mrs. Idella B. Kane Dower, R.N., and daughter Ensign Margaret Dower, R.N., have the distinction of graduating from the same school - Mercy hospital, Davenport. The daughter graduated just 34 years after the mother and now they are both on active duty.

Mrs. Dower graduated from Mercy hospital in 1907. Soon after she was married to Attorney J.M. Dower in 1909 and has lived in Marengo ever since.

As there was such a call for more nurses, Mrs. Dower felt the urgency of the call. Attorney Dower died in October, 1942, and Mrs. Dower, heeding the war plea for nurses, returned to her alma mater and took a refresher's course in December and now has her license to practice.

Ensign Dower is a graduate of the Marengo high school and from Mercy hospital in 1941. She is now a navy nurse located in the U.S. Navy hospital, Oakland, Calif.

Other members of the Dower family active in war work are: Mrs Elizabeth Dower Palmer, secretary at the Rock Island arsenal; Robert Kane Dower, an attorney in Chicago, who is now in the navy, and James W. Dower, an attorney, who is with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham, Ala.

Source: The Quad City Times, April 9, 1943 (photos included of mother & daughter)