Annie Early Wheeler

Annie Early Wheeler

Death 10 Apr 1955 (aged 86)
Burial Wheeler, Lawrence County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 32782508 · View Source
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Annie Early Wheeler, second of General Wheeler's children, was born on July 31, 1868. Her love of beauty and nature, coupled with a compassion for suffering people, were her trademarks throughout her life.

The Wheelers spent almost 20 winters in Washington when the General was in Congress, and Annie was a popular member of the social set there. But even in her teens whe felt the call to minister to sick and lonely children, and spent many hours reading or playing games with them.

Her call to nursing took a more serious turn in 1898 when the Spanish-American War began, and Annie followed her father and brother to Cuba. Eventually, Clara Barton put Annie in charge of a newly organized hospital, where work with sick and wounded soldiers earned her the title of "Angel of Santiago."

Miss Annie Wheeler in her volunteer's uniform around the time of the Spanish-American War (right).

A year later she went with her father to the Philippines during the insurrection, and again nursed in a military hospital. Then, when World War I began, she joined the Red Cross and served in England and in France.

After her father died in 1906, she returned to Wheeler to live, and she spent the rest of her life helping others. She established schools on the plantation, paying salaries herself for several years. She introduced the study of cooking and sewing into the schools, leading the way for Alabama to offer courses in home economics. Perhaps her greatest joy was working with crippled and sick children and ministering to the poor and needy.

Miss Annie lived at Wheeler until her death in 1955. She is buried in the family cemetery at the rear of the house.

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  • Created by: Scrappy
  • Added: 9 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32782508
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Annie Early Wheeler (31 Jul 1868–10 Apr 1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32782508, citing Wheeler Cemetery, Wheeler, Lawrence County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Scrappy (contributor 46570007) .