Mary Jane Fischer

Mary Jane Fischer

Birth
Kentucky, USA
Death 26 Dec 1974 (aged 97)
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 74653871 · View Source
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Mary Jane Fischer, R.N. (1877-1974) was born in Kentucky on October 15, 1877 to Henry Phillip Fischer and Louise Amelia Becker. She never married, but she was educated at the Louisville School of Nursing. At the young age of 20, Mary volunteered her services as a nurse during the Spanish American War (1898). The Spanish American War was the first war involving the United States, in which nurses were assigned as a special military unit. The Society of Spanish American War Nurses developed after the war. They erected a monument at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the women volunteers who took care of the sick and wounded during the war. At the age of 36, Mary offered her services as a nurse during World War I (1914-1918). Over 1,500 nurses lost their lives during World War I. Some perished due to illness while others became the victim of enemy attack. After the wars, Mary continued to work as a nurse in the Cincinnati area. She died in a nursing home in Cincinnati, OH at the age of 97. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living graduate of the Louisville School of Nursing.


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  • Maintained by: Rhonda
  • Originally Created by: Bobby Hunt
  • Added: 9 Aug 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 74653871
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Fischer (15 Oct 1877–26 Dec 1974), Find a Grave Memorial no. 74653871, citing Eastern Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda (contributor 47055071) .