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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Jennings, Nettie
Jane Jennings,   pp. 18-21 PDF (827.3 KB)


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able home and beautifully located. She retained this
home for any of the family as long as she lived.
    She made several trips abroad, traveled in Austria,
Belgium, France, England, Scotland and Ireland. She
spent a winter in Italy, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Harris,
our American Consul at that time. During all her travels
she wrote for New York papers; her graphic descriptions
of scenery, folk-lore, environments, etc. were exceedingly
interesting. She also visited Alaska, and much interested
in the development there.
    Later she went to Hawaii, where she was much dis-
appointed in being unable to visit Father Damien, who
was in charge of the leper colony on the Island of Molo-
kai. The conditions for landing on the Island at that time
were uncertain and dangerous; women were not permit-
ted to take the risk.
    In 1898 she joined Clara Barton in Cuba, and again
devoted her time to nursing soldiers lying in hospitals at
Sandiago. She remained here until a ship load of con-
valescent soldiers were sent to New York; the boat was
over crowded. Miss Jennings was the only woman nurse
on the vessel. When they were well out at sea an opera-
tion was performed on one of the soldiers. She was pre-
sent and assisted at the operation; she insisted upon this
soldier being given her state room, saying "A cot will
do for me; put it anywhere, this man must be made com-
fortable." She gave him constant care; she saw him
placed in an ambulance in New York to be taken to a
hospital. Again she declined compensation for her ser-
vices as a nurse to soldiers.
    About four years later, she was passing the Ebbit
Hotel one day when a big bronzed and healthy fellow
came dashing after her and called her by name. She
turned and looked at him. He said, "Miss Jennings don't
you remember me, you saved my life." She could not
recall ever having seen him before. He laughed and
said, "Do you remember the man on the Seneca, the one
that was operated on and you gave him your state-room
-They took about a gallon of pus out of my lungs at
that time-I'm the man."
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