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C>°HIS year the students of Saint Agnes Training School
look forward to bigger things ever in the history of
our Training School, and because we do, we wish to share
with you, our readers, some of the activities of our school.
We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to the
members of the Yearbook staff, the faculty and our friends
who have made it possible for us to publish the maiden edi-
tion of the "Pioneer."
As you read its pages, we hope you will be able to fol-
low us on our trips, see us in our library, in our home, on
duty and every way try to see us not only as mere nurses,
but as young women who are trying in every way to en-
richen the lives of others.
Dedication to Mrs. Frances A. Worrall, R. N.
Your faith in us lias inspired us to courageously face our adventure in healing
suffering humanity. In grateful appreciation the Students' Association of Saint
Agnes School for Nurses in loving appreciation dedicate this book.
Mrs. Rosa Mai Godley, R.N.
Mrs. Rosa Mai Godley, Center. Left to right: Misses W. L. Zimmermann, V. D.
Joyner, T. L. Drummond, J. E. Thomas, Mrs. C. M. Outlaw. Missing from the
picture: Mrs. M. E. Stratford, M. D. Robinson, Miss R. C. Speight.
Officers of the Student Association
President Miss Celesta Hardy
Vice President .....Miss Virgil Johnsoh
First Vice President Miss Colette Dotson
Second Vice President Miss Myrtle Roberts
Secretary Miss Roxaxxa Kirby
Assistant Secretary Miss Christabelle Bragg
Treasurer Miss Johnsie Terry
Chaplain Miss Mary Hurd
Sergeant-at-Arms, Second Floor Miss Virgil Johnson
Sergeant-at-A rms, First Floor Miss Leola Horry
Sergeant-at-Arms, Chapel Miss Mamie Frieson
Editor-in-Chief Miss Evelyn Johnson
Assistant Editors Miss Janie Tillman, Miss Virgil Johnson
Social Editors Miss Dorothea Arrington, Miss Christabelle Bragg
Literary Editors Miss Fannie Gore, Miss Irene Blue
Art Editors Miss Marion Holland, Miss Virginia Smith
Photograph Editors Misses Ludelle Maddox, Jessie Toney, Janie Tillman
Business Manager Miss Ruth Mumford
Assistants Miss Fannie Gore, Miss Celesta Hardy
Circulation Manager Miss Johnsie Terry
Assistant Miss Virginia Smith
Advertising Manager Miss Celesta Hardy
Assistants Miss Fannie Joyner, Miss Ludelle Maddox
Miss Evelyn Johnson
president „ .. v,„„v
Miss Roxanna Ivirby
Vice President • _,_, n
' K Miss Fannie Gore
Secretary "— TT,„ nv
J Miss Celesta Habits
Class Motto : "To Thine Ownself Be True."
Class Flower: American Rose and Fern.
Saint Agnes, we love you
And we'll always be true
To your rules and instructions
Whatever we do.
We'll be loyal
To you through each year
As to us you were royal.
We'll miss you each hour
And each memory will be sweet
As we journey along
Life's toilsome street.
Saint Agnes, alma mater dear,
We can never forget
How we labored here,
But with no regrets.
— M. L. H.
Florence Nightingale Pledge
I solemnly pledge myself before God and I the presence of this ass^nbly *> P^xjyUfe
in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will ^abstain ta u xe
and mischievous and will not take or knowingly adnu raster a n 7^^ £ ^ Qa]
in m y power to elevate ^^^"2^; knowledge in tie prac-
myself to' the welfare of those committed to my care.
Miss Willie Lucille Zijijierjiaxx, R.N.
Birthplace - Macon, 6a.
'Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you. 1
Ambition — To live happy ever after.
Birthplace— Goldsboro, X. C.
'Do irnt hurry, do not worry as this world you
Ambition— To marry money.
Birthplace— Holland. Va.
"( >nly elose friends know her.'*
Ambition — To change the name.
Birthplace— Wilson, N. C.
'She is the master of her fate.'
Ambition — To he a Mrs.
Birthplace— Hamlet, X. ('.
"From little acorns big oaks grow."
Ambition — A home where the buffalo roam.
Birthplace — Kenly. X. ('.
"A sweeter child was never born."
Amhition — Join the Navy Nursing Corp:
Birthplace — Anderson, S. C.
"Gaiety is the source of pleasure."
Ambition A life of ease without the worry.
Birthplace — Conway. S. C.
"Contentment is a source of pleasure."
Ambition — To specialize in Pediatric Nursing
Birthplace — Richmond. Va.
"The best cannot be better."
Ambition — To own a uniform.
In the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-one we. the Senior Class of Saint
Agnes Training School for Nurses. Raleigh, North Carolina, being sound in body and linn in mind,
and knowing that our span of life in this institution is rapidly approaching its end as students, do
hereby declare this to lie our last Will and Testament.
With gratitude we bequeath to our school : our best wishes for a bigger and better training school.
Our appreciation for three happy years of school life.
To President Goold: Our sincere gratitude for his interest in our school.
To our Superintendent and Faculty: Our sincere thanks for having aided us in making our three
years happy and successful.
To Doctor Clark: A dining room table in the Doctor's dressing room.
To Mrs. Godley, our Director, we will respect, loyalty and senior privileges.
To our Matron: Our gratitude for making us more lady-like.
To Miss Zimmermann. our Adviser: Thanks for her understanding and constant guidance.
Celesta Hardy leaves her dramatic ability to Rosa Hampton.
Evelyn Johnson leaves her winning ability to Helen Glenn and Ruth Mumford.
Virginia Smith leaves a year's supply of love stories to Mary Wiggins and Ruth Mumford.
Roxanna Kirby bequeaths her demureuess and quietness to Collette Dot son, Willie Capel, Janie
Tillman and Helen Glenn.
Marion Holland bequeaths her firecracker emotions upon Fannie Joyner.
Dorothea Arriugton leaves her neatness to Grace Martin. Virgil Johnson, Ludelle Maddox and
Fannie Gore leaves her scholastic ability to Grace Martin. Catherine Lowe and Fannie Joyner.
Leola Horry leaves her mumbling ability to Ruth Mumford.
Irene Blue leaves her year's supply of chewing gum to Jessie Toney, Christabelle Bragg and Ethel
To the Juniors: We bequeath professional ethics, school spirit and true allegiance to our training
To the Freshmen: We bequeath a better junior and senior year and sincere thanks for their aid
and devotion during the year.
To the Surgeons: We bequeath you two scrub nurses and punctual assistants.
In conclusion, we bequeath the remainder of our worldly goods to Miss Zimmermann and hereby
appoint l'r. L. T. Delany sole executor of this, our Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof we. the Class of 11141, do set our hands and seals, at Raleigh, X. ('., this day.
May 28, 1!>41 A.l>.
Evelyn Johnson Leola Horry.
Roxanna Kirby- Fannie Gore
Irene Blue Virginia Smith
Dorothea Akrington Celesta Hardy
The above and foregoing instrument consisting of printed sheets, including adjoining and annexed
sheets, was on this day so foresaid written, signed and sealed and published and declared by the
said members of the class for their last Will and Testament, in the presence of us and each of
us who at their request and in their presence, and in the presence of each other having subscribed
our names as witnesses thereto believing the said members of the Class of 11141. at the time of so
subscribing our names as witnesses as foresaid of sound and disposing minds and memories.
Mrs. Rosa Mai Godley'.
Miss Willie Lucille Zimmermann.
Nut so Long ago, while relaxing and reviewing phases of the past, my wandering thoughts 1 in
gered as it came across the days I spent at Saint Agnes Training School. My thoughts ran like this:
In September, 193S, a group of IS green, ambitious young women met at Saint. Agnes Training
School fur Nurses to seek training in the nursing profession.
After having a few days in which to get acquainted we were given blue uniforms and sent (in
the wards as probies, scared nearly to death of our own shadow and almost passing nut completely
at the sound of approaching footsteps. We watched, dodged, trembled and often thought our hearts
were in our throats when we saw what io us then was the same as a lighted slick of dynamite in
the form of a supervisor or a senior nurse.
How clearly I remember the times we scrubbed the same thing or mopped the same place over
and over or stood until it seemed as if sparks were flying from our feet rather than sit and gel
caught at it.
Finally a month passed and we received our bibs. We thought now we are getting somewhere.
On October 17. 1938, after much discussion our class was organized. Miss YV. I.. Zimmerniann
consented to he our adviser.
Three months of studying, working and trying to show qualities of a good nurse anil then our
caps were given us.
After six months of building high hopes we were given our striped uniforms — we knew we had
what it took when wham! the steam blew the lid off the kettle — mid-term examinations, followed
by the loss of a few of our group.
We took on new hopes and might have progressed more swiftly had it not been for the school's
most popular phrase, "that freshman class." whenever something had gone wrong.
Time marches on— vacations — everyone reported having a grand time.
What! Time for another school year? I have just gotten "in the mood" for tennis. (Member of
Class of '41 won tournament. I
It is our junior year and here we shine. We gave a prom in honor of the senior class. The affair
was a tremendous success. The year would have been ideal had history not repeated, causing the loss
of a few more members.
History again repeats itself — vacations and a wonderful time.
August, 1940. Arrival of Mrs. R. M. Godley, our director of Nursing Education, who aided in
bringing about an important epoch in the history of our school as well as making the Class of '41 a
distinct history-making class.
In September, 1940. we took part in the organization of the school's first student council and
October. 11140. found us wearing our bars — seniors now. just nine proud and giving our best when
suddenly ... a cloud — looked like probie days for us again. . . . Cloud lifting . . . we are beginning
Flash! Nurses participated in Saint Augustine's Homecoming. Our class president, Miss E. John-
son, was chosen "Miss Saint Agnes."
Thrills! The Class of '41 took part in the school's first capping exercise.
In February an important epoch in the history of our school began when two members of our
class affiliated with the maternity clinic and the well baby clinic at Old Rex Hospital. At the same
time a member of the class was making home visits with our social worker.
In March. 1041. our class went on several trips. We visited the Wake County Sanitarium, the
Blind. Deaf and 1 >umb School for Negroes. Central Prison and the housing project at Raleigh. N. O,
also the Asylum for Negroes in Goldsboi'0, N. C. These trips were associated witli our Public Health
The last epoch-making event of the Class of '41 was the presentation of The Pioneer, our school's
Time witli the ('lass of '41 marches on!
The year is 1951. I am sure that this year will bring forth some news of importance of
the class who graduated from Saint Agnes in '41. 1 wonder what they are doing? Oh, well,
I might as well relax and read the daily papers.
Washington Herald Social Column — Miss Celesta Hardy, who is an instructor in Public
Health at one of the leading universities in the South, was a recent guest of Miss Eoxanna
Kirby. She was highly entertained by Miss Kirby and Miss Holland. Miss Kirby is assist-
ant director of the Red Cross Department, and Miss Holland is supervisor of the Pediatric
Department at Freedman's Hospital.
New York Times — The National Colored Graduate Nurses' Association convened here
last week. Business of importance was discussed and reports were made. Miss Fannie Gore,
who recently toured Europe, made a report on the "Health Conditions in Europe."
The Philadelphia Inquirer — Miss Dorothea Arrington has joined the staff of nurses and
doctors at the Philadelphia General Hospital.
The Afro-American — Texas — Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Allen recently celebrated their fifth
anniversary. Mrs. Allen, the former Miss Irene Blue, operates a convalescent home in Texas.
New York — Miss Virginia Smith is recuperating nicely after her recent operation. Prior
to her illness Miss Smith was studying for her degree in Nursing Education at Columbia
Orangeburg, S. 0. — Miss Leola Horry has become a member of the staff at South Caro-
lina State College as school nurse.
Gee! That was luck to read about all my classmates and the wonderful work they are do-
ing. Now I long for the day of reunion so I can see them all, because being director of the
first aid station here in New York, I seldom see any persons other than emergencies. — E. E. J.
Dorothea Arrington Neatest
Irene Blue Best dressed
Fannie Gore Most athletic
Celesta Hardy Most ambitious
Marion Holland Most artistic
Evelyn Johnson Biggest flirt
Eoxanna Kirby Best natured
Virginia Smith Most congenial
Leola Horry Most generous
Our teachers who art in school such be our
luck that when Anatomy is done Pathology is
begun, in this school as it is in others. Give us
this dav an easy test, and forgive us our zeros
as we forgive those who make hundreds. Lead
us not into copying but deliver us from fail-
ing for thine is the power before we begin, to
give us the. answers to all questions.— Amen.
— V. Johnson.
"This is my first affair"
"I'll never smile again"
"So all alone"
"You're breaking my heart all over
"I was doing all right"
"Where shall I go?"
(Song of the wanderer)
"I don't stand a ghost of a chance
"In the mood"
"Is there somebody else?"
"If anything happens to you"
"Good night, my love"
'What can I do?"
You went to the library.
First. O. B. case.
Campused for 19th time.
Trying to explain.
Month after vacation.
Late for breakfast.
P.M. off duty.
Eight o'clock Sunday night,
Finding a job after graduation.
Writing home for money.
MISS SAINT AGNES
Hooray ! Hooray ! It's Homecoming Day.
Miss Evelyn Johnson as "Miss Saint Agnes," very angelic looking in her nurse's uniform
and cape, was escorted to her throne by her three ladies-in-waiting, Misses Mary Wiggins,
Katherine Lowe and Christabelle Bragg, walking on a white carpet.
Two ambulances were colorfully decorated with the school colors, blue and white, which
carried several of tbc nurses who participated in the Homecoming Parade.
"Miss Saint Agnes" and attendants rode in a ear also decorated with flowing blue-and-
white paper. The parade began at eleven o'clock in the morning on November 9, 1940, on Saint
Augustine's campus, going up Tarboro Street to Fayetteville Street, the heart of the city.
There were approximately seventy cars, all decorated, with several floats from Saint Augus-
tine's with "Miss Saint Augustine" and her attendants occupying one. The campus band also
accompanied the parade and also Saint Monica's band.
At two o'clock Saint Augustine's and Saint Paul's football teams gathered on the gridiron
at Chavis Park for the game of the season, the great Homecoming Game.
Between halves of the game "Miss Saint Augustine," "Miss Saint Agnes," and each of
their attendants, respectively, were called to the front of the field while "Miss Saint Agnes"
presented to "Miss Saint Augustine" her beautiful boquet of large white chrysanthemums,
and also a golden crown, amid the wild cheers of the crowd.
Each student nurse wore a large, white chrysanthemum in her lapel, also tied with a blue-
and-white ribbon. The Saint Monica's band marched around the field while "Miss Saint Au-
gustine" was being crowned, playing several numbers, one of them being the youthful cheer,
"Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here," while the crowd sang.
The game was resumed, with Saint Paul's winning.
The climax came when the Varsity gave a dance in the evening, and it was thoroughly
Miss "Saint Agnes" was honored for a week in the Nurses' Home with a succession of
parties and other favors.
Next year we expect to have a bigger and better Homecoming. — J. Terkv.
J une and September were our months together.
■JJ — nit,, with our work, no matter of the weather.
N — ot knowing that we would soon become
J — nitiated in Saint Agnes or sent back home.
— ur onward march is what we desired
R — mi for the goal even if we are tired.
C — ailed from our duty to class each day
L — onging for home in every way
A — dvising the other to do with a will
S — ometimes discouraged but still
g — eniors, we wish your places we can fill.
History of Freshman Class
June. 1040. Seven eager girls arrived at Saint Agnes Hospital Training School, each anxious to
turn her dream into a reality. The summer passed quickly, and in September eight more girls ar-
rived at Saint Agnes. These 15 girls make up the Freshman Class.
The first event along the social activity was a tennis social, which was given in the Nurses' Home.
Refreshments were served and it was a very enjoyable evening for the Freshman Class.
Events followed in a routine manner, namely, the organization of a student government and
a yearbook staff. Many of the freshmen were elected as officers. Next was the organization of the
Freshman Class. Miss R. Mumford. president : Miss L. Maddox. secretary : Miss E. Bullard. treas-
urer : Miss O. Melvin, chaplain.
On October 1. 1040, classes began, and oh! the hurry and bustle of things in getting adjusted
to the subjects and homework, learning procedures. The first one was liedmaking. and what a time
we had with the square corners.
During the month of October, the Freshman Class attended the meetings of the Junior Women's
Auxiliary and several lectures on Saint Augustine's campus. Those lectures ami meetings were very
intellectual and inspiring to us as student nurses.
The Freshman Class sponsored a very interesting project which was the birthday party occur-
ring monthly, in honor of each nurse's birthday.
The next project that the class ventured to put forth was the raffling of a bottle of eider at a
Hallowe'en party given in the Nurses' Home.
One of the most exciting events that occurred during the month was the Homecoming parade
sponsored by Saint Augustine's College. "Miss Saint Agnes" had as her attendants several freshmen.
Another memorable event in the history of the Freshman Class was on December 23, when we
received the cap of the school, at an elaborate capping exercise, the first in the history of Saint Agnes.
The first semester ended January. 1941. Mid-term examinations for the freshmen were terrific.
The first seven nurses received their striped uniforms on February 1. while the others received
their's a month later. This marked the end of the preliminary period.
Now it is spring and we are looking forward to the closing of school, final examinations and va-
cation at home with old friends.
With our old dreams becoming realities and new dreams in sight, thus ends the history of the
Class of '43 until another school year.
— N. Wilson.
PRENATAL AND PEDIATRIC AFFILIATIONS
February, 1941, marks the beginning of affiliations of Saint Allies nurses with Rex prenatal and
pediatric clinics, the first affiliation ever undertaken in the history of Saint Agnes Training School
for Nurses. One senior student attends bi-weekly for a month.
The day finally arrived, arrangements had been made and we found ourselves rushing down to
dinner after a seemingly long morning's work on the wards. At one o'clock we stood eagerly waiting
for Mrs. Outlaw, our social worker, who was very lenient in explaining what we were to expect.
After waiting impatiently on the corner for about 15 minutes, which seemed an hour, the bus
arrived. When no more than stopped we found ourselves seated in the rear with transfer in hand.
After many, many stops we finally reached town, when' we were to change buses, and after another
short ride we found ourselves at Rex Clinic. There we were introduced to several public health
nurses, who explained to us the different set-ups and what each was used for.
Since the prenatal care of the expectant mother has such influence on the growth and develop-
ment of a healthy, normal child, it is very important that they receive the best possible prenatal,
delivery and postnatal care.
Here they are examined by competent physicians and whatever treatment is necessary is pro-
vided. Here, also, the early symptoms of preeclampsia are recognized and treated in order to produce
a healthy, normal child and to protect the health of the mother.
It is of greatest importance, therefore, that the patient consult a doctor not later than the third
month of pregnancy. Such care and supervision may be divided into instruction, examination and ob-
Here our nurses are happy to have the opportunity to assist in these procedures.
— R. Kihby.
Dorothea Arrington "Does Your Heart Beat for Me?"
Irene Blue "If Anything Happens to You."
Leola Horry "Especially for You."
Fannie Gore "Star Dust."
Celesta Hardy "Address Unknown."
Marion Holland "We Three."
Roxanna Kirby "Is There Somebody Else?"
Virginia Smith "Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar."
Evelyn Johnson "So Long."
— S. I. B.
< (I'KRATIXG KoOM
W. F. Clark, M.I).
It is, indeed, very gratifying and a great honor to lie included in the Yearbook of 1941.
It was a greater honor to have been allied "with the present class of Saint Agnes nurses, a co-
worker, as it were, all of us contributing our bit for the relief of suffering humanity.
During my ten years of service at Saint Agnes Hospital, two years of internship and two
years as resident surgeon, I at least learned one very important thing — the interdependence
of the intern and the nurse. Many times the doctor is totally dependent upon the nurse, and
vice versa. Where the physician's duties end and the nurse's duties begin we have a common
meeting ground in this great work which we have undertaken.
I have been fortunate enough to have seen the steady improvements in the standards of
efficiency of the Xurses' Training School at Saint Agnes Hospital. When I first entered
Saint Agnes the nurses were only required to be a high school graduate. Now two years
of college and a standing in the upper third of her class are required before she can enter
the Training School. These marked advancements in the curriculum will not only reflect upon
the present class, but will pave the way in making Saint Agnes Training School the greatest
of its kind for the training of our nurses.
W. F. Clark. M.D.
Co Miss Josephine Thomas, for her generous To Mrs. R. M. Godley, for her most liberal con-
tribution and untiring efforts to make this boob
contribution ami helpful suggestions.
'I'd Dr. Perry, fur his wholehearted support.
To. Dr. Clark, who is. indeed, a benefactor.
To Mitchell Printing Company, for their sugges-
tions ami cooperation with the editors in the plan-
ning and printing of this hook.
To Sister Anna Mary, for her inspiring inter-
est and contribution.
To Miss W. I.. Zimmermann, for her contribu-
tion and helpful advice in all matters of our year-
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