The Emporia Gazette from Emporia, Kansas on March 5, 1964 · Page 1
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The Emporia Gazette from Emporia, Kansas · Page 1

Emporia, Kansas
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Thursday, March 5, 1964
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THE GAZETTE Eraporia, Kansas, Thursday, MarcK % 1964 A LUXURY USED CAR JUST FOR YOU! 62 CROWN IMPERIAL 4-door hardtop, factory air conditioning, whitewall tires, electric eye, power windows, power seals, power steering •nd power brakes. SEE IT NOW AT ... TOMS MOTOR CO. 6th «nd Coltonwood DI 2-0741 It's Spring at Bruckner's Even though it's cold outside, new lighter, brighter colors and patterns are ready now at Bruckner's This Spring look the way you want to look . . make your selections now at — Clothes You Are Proud to Wear Ellenberger's Fabrics Offers the ALL-NEW "VILLACOTTA" by Indian Head Bold Prints, Coordinating Solids NEW! DIFFERENT!! "VILLACOTTA," an exclusive from the mill* of INDIAN HEAD - Machine washable — color fast -- and of course at Ellenberger's FABRICS 519 Com'I •HOT HEWS Oil THE 'SURFACE —brand new spring knits just arrived from California. Hand- loomed in Italy of the lightest weight, 100% wool by world famous Almalfi. Only one to a style in sizes 10 to 16 ... 89.95. totter Orestes Formerly PooU's Emporian Reviews Career as a Nurse .... Cora Miller Helped Start Hospital Here The house is old, built in the old style. It immediately brings to mind visions of an anteroom, with carpeted stairs leading to the second floor; off the ante* room a parlor, complete with an old upright piano and an open fireplace. The sidewalk leading to the porch is lined with trees that narrowly miss brushing the arm of the visitor. While waiting for the answer to the doorbell's gutteral buzz, the mind completes its .picture of the inside of the house and its hostess. Then the door opens wide, and the intelligent eyes of the owner peer out from beneath thick bi-fpcal glasses. Her white, wavy hair is held in place by an almost - invisible net; she asks no verbal questions of the business of the visitor except, "Yes?" which is more an invitation than a question. Miss Cora A. Miller, R. N., R. P. T., the grand dame of nursing in Emporia and the school of nursing at Newman Memorial Hospital, offers the choice of chairs to her visitor, then takes one next to it with the remark that it is her "favorite of them all." Many Chairs Available The choice is large, ranging from strictly simple hard-backed chairs to a well-stuffed old love seat. Books, books, books are in the room, and the one beyond; a John F. Kennedy memorial issue lies on a table at the end of the piano. Fire in the fireplace crackles behind its woven screen; it will sputter and die before the visit is finished. "Tell me what you came for," the veteran nurse asks, "and we'll see if I was right." After being convinced that it is not the hospital and school of nursing that we are interested in, but her, she asks for a few minutes to collect her thoughts and then begins. "I got into nursing in (I want to be sure of the date) 1902, when I went to Ohio from Washington, D. C. The daughter of a friend of my mother was going to Mt. Vernon Academy — sort of like a high school — and mother decided I should go, too. I had a first - year course in physics taught by Professor Secor. I had always been interested in science, and Professor Secor had started toward his M. D. but had run out of money. After he began giving electro- and hydrotherapy, he taught my classmate and me how to give treatments. There I learned the importance of the little things, in life and in education." Remembers People Miss Miller Interrupts her narrative to tell of some of the people she knew while in training and while practicing. There was a Chinese missionary who returned to the states to search for a high-protein food that could be made available to the people of China — and returned to convince the Chinese to make soybeans, which had previously been CORA A. MILLER, R. N. — The woman who started the Newman Memorial County Hospital nursing staff and the School of Nursing down a successful path, Miss Miller was superintendent of nursing and head of the school for almost 10 years after they opened. She retired in 1931, and eventually opened her own physical therapy clinic in Emporia. Miss Miller still operates her clinic here. Rugs and Wall to Wall Carpet Cleaned FREE ESTIMATES DI 2-3045 BAIRD CLEANERS 13 E. Gfh 1019 Com'I 12th & Sylvan animal feed, a part of their regular diet. Others — innovators in the field of physical therapy, diet, and psychotherapy — were what made her life interesting, she remarks; then contumes with her narrative. "After serving as head of the Women's Physical Therapy Department in Glendale, Calif., I studied foreign mission preparatory work in the Foreign Missionary seminary in Washington, D. C., and did post - graduate work at the Central Dispensary and Emergency Hospital there." At the seminary, Miss Miller learned diagnostic techniques, and elementary dentistry and surgery. She attributes much of her later success to the knowledge gained at the seminary. Remains in Nursing Cora Miller didn't enter missionary work, which is just as well for Newman Memorial Hospital. She also wanted to go overseas during World War I, but remained in the states so she could care for her aging parents. The recent publicity centered on the White House has brought back fond memories to Miss Miller, who spent more than 12 years in Washington. Central Emergency was only two blocks from the White House, and Miss Miller spent much of her free time just walking around Washington, viewing the scenery. "Each Memorial Day, I used to cut flowers and take them out to the cemetery, where one of my uncles is buried. And the big house on the hill, I went through it — several times. It's such a pretty place." From Washington, nurse Miller went to Wheeling, W. Va. as head of the Women's Electrotherapy Department. Then she went to Chicago, where she worked for Dr. William S. Saddler, a pioneer in the field of psycho-therapy. Recalls Book "Dr. Saddler was trying to find a correlation between some kinds of paralysis and emotional disturbances, and was in the process of writing his first book on the subject. Dr. Simon Baruch came from New York to see us, and said that our work was in every way — except in numbers — equal to his." Dr. Baruch was the father of statesman Bernard Baruch, Miss Miller explained. From Chicago, where she had served as supervisor of the Institute of Physiologic Therapeutics (headed by Dr. Saddler), she returned to Wheeling. Then, in 1916, she returned to her native state to care for her sick mother. After practicing privately in Wichita, she went to a newly-opened hospital in Lyons as superintendent of the hospital and nursing. Two and one-half years later, she went to Sterling, where—in addition to serving as superintendent—she was instructor of nurses. She was at Sterling two and one-half years, also. Comes to Emporia From then on, Miss Miller was Emporia's and Emporia was Miss Miller's. She applied for, and received, the job of opening the newly-constructed Lyon County Hospital (now Newman Memorial) at the suggestion of Mrs. William Alien White. She arrived in Emporia in February of 1922, just one month before the hospital was to open. "It wasn't easy getting all the supplies — the food, medical supplies, and equipment — and enough nurses to run the show. We finally got three Topeka nurses and one Wichita nurse to come to Emporia, and opened on Feb. 4th. 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Phon* Dickens 2-7270 Emporia, Kansas Tha Brand vjith the Bloom, available with stilbestroladded College of Emporid Music Students Are Guests at Meeting Women students at the College of Emporia who are majoring or minoring in music were guests of the Phi Epsilon chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, international music sorority, at the home of Miss Mariette Simpson Sunday afternoon. Miss Anne Davis, President, and Mrs. Joanne Bath, Vice President, explained the purposes and activities of the sorority, and the qualifications necessary for membership. Mrs. Davis is a senior from Lebo, and Mrs. Bath a senior from Emporia. Miss Simpson is associate professor of strings at the college, and is the sorority sponsor. After refreshments were served, the-members and guests attended the senior organ recital by Miss Anne Kelley, another member and former president of the local chapter. Miss Simpson, who is serving as Director of District 12 of Mu Phi Epsilon, visited nine chapters last month at the time they installed new officers. Chapters in District 12 are the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Wichita, Friends University, the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Phillips University in Enid, Okla., the University of Kansas City Conservatory, and Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, in addition to the College of Emporia. This weekend Miss Simpson will participate in installation ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday for the Alpha Chi chapter at Southwestern College in Winfield. lege of Emporia to help show the visitors around." After the hospital opened, Miss Miller found ample work to keep her busy. She became a member of the Kansas State Board of Examination and Registration of Nurses, and served as secretary- treasurer of- the board from April 16th, 1922 until 1940. She was president of the Kansas League of Nursing Education in 1927-1928. Miss Miller remained as superintendent until 1931, when she resigned to take care of her father and mother. Both her parents died the next year. In 1933, she opened the Emporia Institute of Physical Therapy, which she has operated ever since. She thought she had "had enough" of the strain of running a hospital full of nurses, she says, and the hospital had certainly enjoyed her services for a long enough time. With so much behind her, Cora Miller still takes care of a few therapeutic patients. "I've had to cut down, especially since my eye operation," she says, but she continues to accept those who crme to her for help. The walls and furniture of her parlor are covered with pictures of old friends, patients and colleagues alike. She watches television — "it's something to do" — but reads little. She takes care of her roomers, and looks back over more than a half-century of association with the medical profession. •r i 1 We thank her for her time, and leave. Midst the clutter on her old-fashioned, roll-top desk we see another picture of the late President; then her still- strong and capable hands hold open the door and we leave the grand dame of nursing in Emporia to her books, her pictures, and her memories. — M. B. The Red X Man "In the Know" Is a Good Man to Knowll 4 Registered PharmexUt* To Serve You— CURTIS RORABAUGB DONALD MORROW Dial DI 2-2151 RAYMOND HICKS KENNETH COLE 624 Comí "If you had called City Investment Company for Xmas cash instead of waiting til payday, we could have done our shopping while there was still something to buy." Don't YOU get c*ught wilting 'til th« last day to shop. Call these fritndly folks now. They'll lend you Xnac cash fast, to you e»n get to the store* tight away. City Investment Co. 415 Com'I DI 2-3302 Use Gazette Want Ads Bargain Time! PAINT WALLPAPER Davis Paints PORCH-FLOOR ENAMEL Top-qualify Enamal—Us« iniid* or outside on any walking «urface. 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