Dubuque County

(1941 Photo)
Lt. Elaine V. Ricketts




Miss Ricketts is chairman of the entertainment committee for the annual spring dance given by the St. Luke’s hospital nurses Friday evening, May 16, at which time a May queen to be chosen by popular vote of the student nurses, will be crowned.

Source: The Daily Times, May 3, 1941, (photo included)

SENIOR STUDENT NURSES GET BADGES -- Formal presentation of American Red Cross Nursing service senior reserve badges was made Friday afternoon at French hall to 15 of the 16 members of the 1942 graduating class of St. Luke's School of Nursing. Photographed above are recipients of the badges:

First row: Wanda Casper, Dorothy Miller, Ethel Guenther, Doris Yanausch, Ruth Upton;

Second row: Dorothy Hagen, Doris Meyers, Margaret Whalen, Elaine Ricketts, Wylma Callahan;

Third row: Gladys Cook, Maxine Parnell, Marjorie Kelsh, Julia Mohl and Virginia Oehler.

Ten of the girls will be in the service by January, two in the navy and eight in the army.

Source: The Daily Times, September 5, 1942 (group photo included)

Two Davenport Nurses in Group Sweating in So. Pacific

Headquarters South Pacific Base Command -- While Iowans kick the snow from their shoes this winter, 19 fellow citizens, including two Davenporters, will be mopping sweat from their brows at jobs vital to the Pacific war.

They're Iowa army nurses assigned to the South Pacific. Working a long way from home, in climate as ardous as any in the the world, they've established an enviable record.

Army officials say medical accomplishments in the South Pacific have been "outstanding" in the face of hardships like heat, insects and virtual isolation from civilization. Much of the credit goes to army nurses who supplied medical and technical skill available from no other source.


The same patriotic urging that brought the Iowans to the jungles prompted them to stay until their jobs are done. Capt. Loretta C. Carmody, 506 South Third street, Marshalltown, Ia., chief nurse at a hospital in the New Hebrides islands, expressed a typical sentiment:

"Being able to care for the wounded is a privilege for any American, and worth any encountered hardship."

Iowans serve on islands rangin from New Caledonia, just inside the tropics 1,000 miles northeast of Australia to sweltering Guadalcanal, furtherest point of Japanse advance in 1942.

Most of the 19 nurses are rounding out their first year overseas, but some have been on this side of the Pacific more than two years. The Nurses and their assignments:

New Hebrides - Second Lieut. Wylma J. Callahan, 1315 East High street Davenport; Lieut. Fern D. Coleman, 619 North street, Decorah; Second Lieut. Dorothea M. Diamond, Faulkner; Lieut. Mildred Dillon, Webster; Second Lieut. Doris L. Meyers, Nichols; Lieut Ruby La Verne Morlan, Jefferson; Capt. Loretta C. Carmody, 506 South Third street, Marshalltown; Second Lieut.Gladys Pearl Cook, Lone Tree; Lieut. Wilma S. Vander Hoek, Lynville; Second Lieut. Esther G. Sell, Gowrie; Lieut. Elaine V. Ricketts, 2025 Asbury road, Dubuque, and Second Lieut. Dorothy E. Nelson, Kingsley.

Guadalcanal - Second Lieut. Helen E. Hunter, Solon.

New Caledonia - Second Lieut. Margaret F. Young, 2809 East Pleasant street, Davenport; Second Lieut. Carolyn Scholl, Harcourt; Second Lieut. Josephine A. Johnson, Danbury; Lieut. Mildred Hanson, Bancroft; and Second Lieut Barbara J Forrester, 1017 South Glass street, Sioux City.

Source: Quad City Times, October 22, 1944