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Winifred Franklin

Army Nurse

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

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)