|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1897|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 2002|
*Social Security Death Index
Name: Corrine A. Gillick
Last Residence: 13607 Alexandria Bay, Jefferson, New York, United States of America
Born: 12 Apr 1897
Died: 15 Nov 2002
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (1951-1952)
*Watertown Daily Times (NY) - November 17, 2002*
Deceased Name: CORRINE A. GILLICK DIES AT AGE 105 WAS LAST WWI VET IN NORTH COUNTRY
Corrine A. Gillick, 105, formerly of 27 Bethune St., died Friday at E.J. Noble Hospital-Samaritan's skilled nursing facility. Mrs. Gillick was the last surviving World War I veteran in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, according to veterans service agencies in those counties, the state Division of Veterans Affairs in Ogdensburg and Watertown Daily Times records. She was a registered nurse and had worked in her husband's dentist office at Alexandria Bay.
Born April 12, 1897, in Antwerp, daughter of Charles O. and Jennie Ahles Alton, she graduated from Antwerp High School in 1915 and in 1917 from the House of the Good Samaritan School of Nursing, Watertown. She enlisted in the Army Nursing Corps and was assigned to U.S. Hospital No. 1 on Gun Hill Road in New York City, where injured soldiers were brought back to the United States for treatment of battle-inflicted injuries.
The temporary hospital was on the New York Athletic Grounds in the Bronx, Mrs. Gillick told the Times in an interview earlier this year. The work schedule was at least 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and the long corridors were always full of the injured.
"There were all sorts of patients there, every kind you can imagine," she said.
She arrived at a time of an influenza epidemic and spent much of her time changing dressings for soldiers who had incisions in their sides as part of a procedure to relieve fluid buildup around their lungs. She also worked a stint in the hospital's psychiatric ward.
She was in Times Square in 1918 on the day the armistice ending World War I was signed.
"I never got kissed so much in my life," she said. "Everyone was walking around and hugging."
She married Dr. Francis M. Gillick on May 16, 1923, and moved to 27 Bethune St., which they renovated. They also turned their back yard into a large rose garden. Dr. Gillick, who had a dental office on Fuller Street, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, died March 8, 1979.
Mrs. Gillick was an active member of the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles, a charter member of Alexandria Township Historical Society and is credited with being the first female member of John B. Lyman American Legion Post 904, where she was an honorary life member. As a member of the auxiliary at E.J. Noble Hospital, and as its second president, she knitted and donated baby sweaters and blankets to the hospital and volunteered in the facility's gift shop. She had been recognized numerous times for her volunteer and civic activities, including being named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. The Sylvia de Grasse chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution also honored her, and she received special recognition from the state Legislature on her 100th birthday. In June 1998, a tree was planted in her honor at E.J. Noble recognizing her more than 50 years of service to the hospital's auxiliary and the community. Mrs. Gillick was also a life member of the House of the Good Samaritan Alumni Association.
Surviving are a niece, Dr. Elaine Alton, Indianapolis, Ind.; a nephew, Charles Alton, Antwerp, and great- nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Reformed Church of the Thousand Isles with the Rev. Jeff Neevel officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Antwerp.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Costello Funeral Home.
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Francis M Gillick (1891 - 1979)
New York, USA
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