Winifred Franklin

Army Nurse

Born November 23, 1889 in Los Angeles
Maiden name Franklin (?)
Nickname as Army Nurse was "Frankie"
Died 15 November 1985

Documentary materials provided by

Candace McCorkell, granddaughter of Melina Adam, Winifred Reinig's best friend


Background
  • Winifred was born in Los Angeles, attended school in Clinton, Iowa, and, at age 16 in 1905 settled on a ranch with two friends
  • She later moved to Portland, Oregon
    • Note—About her decision to move to Portland, she explained, "I just picked it off the map." [Melinda Owen, "90th Birthday Looms, Doesn't Slow Woman," The Oregonian, nd, clipping in family papers]
  • Volunteered for Red Cross in Oregon in 1914; she worked as a nurse until the U. S. declaration of war in April 1917 ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
War
  • Enlisted as Army Nurse in 1917
  • While serving as an Army Nurse, Winifred acquired the nickname "Frankie"; typically, Army nurses had nicknames, derived from their last names
  • Departed NYC on Aquatania, with more than 6000 troops and 99 nurses ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
  • Army nurse in France; served in the Battle of the Argonne
  • 12-hours on duty per day as a nurse; she recalled that there were one nurse and four or five "men attendants" for every fifty patients. ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
  • Wounded doughboys kept arriving at Winifred's field hospital for several months following the Armistice. ["World War I Remembered: Veteran Recalls Front-Line Duty," Woodstock Independent News, November 1984]
  • In France "Frankie" met and became life-long best friends with Melina ("Addie") Adam (Army Signal Corps)
Return to Oregon
  • After war she worked at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, beginning in 1919
Marriage to William (Bill) Reinig
  • She used to swim in the Willamette River. While swimming one day she met Bill Reinig (in Navy?/Navy vet?)
  • Married Bill Reinig in 1921
    • He was born on 28 May 1896
    • For thirty-four years he worked for the Postal Service
  • They purchased home c1920—As of 1984 she was still living there, in a district called Rose City Park, across Sandy Boulevard from Jack and Melina Converse. Their residences were about a five-minute car drive apart from each other. [Candace McCorkell, e-mail to Frank Mazzi, 26 April 2009]
  • "Frankie" and Melina ("Addie") remained close friends
  • Bill died on 15 April 1968. On 19 April 1968 he was buried (plot S 2070) at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon
  • "Frankie" died on 15 November 1985, and on 22 November 1985 she was buried (plot S 2070) at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon

(rev. 9.10.09)