Messenger-Press from Allentown, New Jersey on March 28, 2002 · 14
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Thursday, March 28, 2002
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14A The Messenger-Press Thursday, March 28,2002 HISTORICALLY SPEAKING Linda Konover Meirs 1884-1972 Part Five With the kind permission of Ruth Holmes Honadle, Upper Freehold historian and co-author with her son, George, of "Twixt Crosswicks Creek and Burlington Path," the fascinating history of her Aunt Linda is presented here. This heartwarming story of an extraordinarily well-decorated War World I Army nurse is offered in recognition of March being designated as Women's History Month. Linda Konover Meirs joins other notable woman from the Allentown-Upper Freehold are,a recently nominated by the Historical Society to participate in the NJ Women's Heritage Trail program. Melinda Konover Meirs was born in Cream Ridge on June 5, 1 884. She spent her early years in Allentown, although the family later moved to Lebanon. During her years in the United States after the war, she continued to enjoy traveling. She often visited a fellow nurse from her Mexico City days. She lived in Peoria, III., with her husband, an American doctor she met at the Mexico City Hospital. Aunt Linda and Mrs. Cutter frequently flew to Mexico City for a vacation. She also vacationed in Florida, New England, Virginia and the Jersey Shore. She owned a cottage in Stone Harbor in the 1930s and 1940s, which she later sold to Aunt Lillie and Uncle Phil. After her retirement, she stayed in Virginia with Miss Quimby, also a retired nurse. In 1942, she returned to New Jersey to live with her sister Anna, my mother, in Cream Ridge. She also spent time with Aunt Lillie and Uncle Phil in Bound Brook. She lived in Cream Ridge during World War II, and would use her sugar ration to make cookies for the GIs, whom she considered "her boys." In the 1950s, Aunt Linda made yearly visits to Madeline Wilkinson, also a retired nurse, in Fort Meyer, Fla., and would return to New Jersey for the summer. Aunt Elsa, Uncle Charles' wife, died in 1963. Aunt Linda went to Yardley, Pa., to live with Uncle Charles until she died in 1972. She is buried in the Meirs family plot at the Allentown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. , Family had always been very important Aunt Linda. , She was very good to all of us, including her three nieces (Helen and Ruth Holmes and Linda McNeely), and her three nephews (Charles and Joseph Holmes and George McNeely), as well as her great-nieces and great-nephews. One of my earliest memories is her taking me to see my first Broadway show, the Marx Brothers in "Animal Crackers." There were overnight trips with her to New York, Manville, the Jersey Shore, and longer trips to Virginia and Florida. She was fun to be with and a very tion from the ladies. Delicious generous aunt. She wrote to me cookies, pies, and other goodies regularly during my college were made for the tea parties years and many of the letters and for regular consumption as contained a few dollars. Aunt Linda would v spend money on someone else before herself. She enjoyed her cups of coffee and cigarettes at frequent intervals throughout the day, when she was not working. They were her "luxuries." The only concern about her clothes was that they be clean and mended. She spent her professional life in uniform, and otherwise, except for a few special occasions, any of her "old rags" (her term for her clothes) would do. Though on those special occasions, she did look quite nice. Aunt Linda always had time to play with the children in the family and to listen to what they had been doing. One of our daughter Ann's memories of her visits to Cream Ridge isf the daily tea party with Aunt Linda. 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She was funny and caring, children loved her and she loved them. But she did not intend to give up her work and settle down, as a married woman of her generation was expected to do. - The following paragraph from the article in the December 1921 issue of the "Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine" characterizes Nurse Meirs war service, and she retained this same spirit throughout her life: "... but of all the American nurses her served abroad, perhaps Miss Linda Meirs' career is more filled with color and war romance than that of any of her associates. Most of her work was done within the sounds of roaring guns at the Front, She came through her fust baptism of fire with a spirit only made the more determined to endure the hardship and sacrifice all things. She was the kind of per- Yrii ,"';s :i I'.ivs. ; I I v.i , n t'v In the fight against cancer, it's good to have a su per hero in the neighbor hood. Congratulations to Daniel K. Fram, M.D., on being awarded the prestigious 2002 Medical Honoree Award by the American Cancer Society, Mercer County Unit. Dr. Fram is well-known for his achievements in fighting cancer. At Capital Health System, he's also well-known as the leader of our outstanding cancer team, and as a volunteer in the cancer commuity. , Our Capital Health System Radiation Oncology physicians, Dr. Fram and Shirnett Williamson, M.D., are full-time board-certified faculty members of one of the world's finest diagnostic and treatment groups, the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Department of Radiation Oncology. Penn has been proud to provide full-time Radiation Oncology services at Capital Health System since 1994, with several thousand patients benefiting from state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology services, cutting edge research, clinical trials and the latest medical protocols. We salute you, Dr. Fram, for your leadership and for a much-deserved award. -. - . ..." . 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