Mary Evelyn Fenwick
b. 23 December 1882, d. 25 September 1971
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick was born on 23 December 1882 in Toronto, York County, Ontario, Canada.
- She was known as Eva.
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick arrived in the United States circa 1908, according to the 1910 census.
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, at Buffalo General Hospital, High Street.
- She was employed as hospital nurse, according to the 1910 census.
- She also graduated on 12 June 1911 from the Buffalo General Hospital Training School for Nurses.
- The following appeared on 13 June 1911 in The Buffalo Commercial: Commencement exercises of the Buffalo General Hospital Training School for Nurses were held last evening in the hospital gymnasium.
Training school nurses escorted the graduating class, all of themin their uniforms.
The program opened with . . . .
The members of the graduating class were . . . Mary Evelyn Fenwick, Toronto, Ont. . .
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick arrived in the United States on 7 February 1916, at Black Rock, New York, according to her naturalization records, apparently having returned to Ontario sometime after the 1910 census.
- During World War I, she served with the US Reserve Nurses' Army Nurse Corps, assigned to Buffalo Base Hospital Unit No. 23, a 2,000-bed facility located at Vittel, France, in the Vosges country, that served wounded from Argonne, Verdun, Luneville and other sectors where ther was hard fighting. The unit left Buffalo on 28 August 1917, and returned to the United States in April 1919.
- The following appeared on 19 April 1919 in the Buffalo Courier: Fifty-nine nurses of Base Hospital Unit No. 23, which left Buffalo August 28, 1917, landed in New York yesterday morning from the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria, which came into port Thursday night too late to dock. They were examined at Polyclinic hospital in West Fifty-eighth street and then went to the Albert hotel.
All but three of the party were from Buffalo, or elsewhere in western New York. Lawrie Phillips, a general hosptial graduate, was in charge, with Olive S. Wallace of No. 750 Seventh street assisting her. Physicians, surgeons and enlisted men of the unit remained in France, commanded by Maj. Joseph B. Bets of Buffalo State hospital. [:CR;] Those arriving yesterday besides Miss Phillips and Miss Wallace, are:
. . . Mary E. Fenwick. . .
. . .
Base Hospital No. 23 was at Vittel in the Vosges country. It had 2,000 beds. Wounded from Argonne, Verdun, Lunesville and other sectors where there was hard fighting, including hundreds of Rainbow division soldiers, were attended by the Buffalo nurses. William J. Donovan and the noted chaplain Father Duffy of the old Sixty-ninth infantry, were among their patients.
"We haven't anything to tell," said Miss Phillips when she quitted the transport yesterday. "We just tried to do our best all the time. If you want to make us happy, tell us about Buffalo. We can't get there too soon."
"It may be ten days before the nurses of Base Hospital No. 23 will be at liberty to come to Buffalo," Mrs. Harry B. Spaulding, chairman of the Mayor's welcoming committee said last night.
"We are planning a warm welcome for them. Mrs. William Northrup, president of the Twentiety Century club, who is in New York, has consented to act as our representative until we can send a committee. We have asked Mrs. John Miller Horton to represent us and she may be able to go to New York within a day or two. Our representatives will enquire of Miss Phillips whether we can bring home the unit as a whole."
Mrs. William Hamlin and Kate Kennedy of the Red Cross have been aded to the Mayor's committee, which will meet at 4 o'clock next Wednesday at the Red Cross headquarters, No. 787 Delaware avenue.
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, at 131 Linwood Avenue lodging in a nurses' registry residence with twelve other nurses.
- She was employed as a private duty nurse, according to the 1920 census.
- She married William Conrad Stahle, son of Conrad Stahle and Margaret H. Dick, on 1 October 1927 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, by license issued the same day in Niagara Falls, with minister F. Mittlefehldt officiating. Wintesses were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gall.
- She was naturalized on 13 September 1929 at Superior Court, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, witnessed by William Conrad Stahle.
- William Conrad Stahle and Mary Evelyn Fenwick appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 8489 West Rivershore Drive.
- William Conrad Stahle and Mary Evelyn Fenwick appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 8489 West Rivershore Drive.
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick became a widow at the 13 February 1943 death of her husband William Conrad Stahle.
- The following appeared on 15 February 1943 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: William C. Stahle, 51, of 8489 West Rivershore drive, died from a heart attack on Sunday afternoon at the home of hs mother, Mrs. Margaret H. Stahle, 1843 Cleveland avenue. He was a native and life-long resident of this city.
Mr. Stahle, who was a draftsman employed by the Acheson Graphite company, was a member of Niagara Frontier Lodge, No. 132, F. and A. M., Niagara Commandery, No. 64, Knights Templar, and St. James Methodist church. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Fenwick Stahle, and a sister, Miss Uras M. Stahle.
Funeral services will be held at the Gridley funeral home at 2 p.m. tomorrow under the auspices of Niagara Frontier Lodge, with the Rev. Earl R. Burdick officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.
- The following appeared on 19 February 1943 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: The family of the late William C. Stahle wish to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the many friends, neighbors, Acheson Graphite Co. and Niagara Frontier Masonic Lodge for all the kindness and sympathy shown, beautiful floral offerings sent and use of cars during the recent bereavement, the loss of their husband, son and brother. (Signed) Mrs. Mary Evelyn Stahle, Mrs. Margaret Stahle, Uras Stahle.
- The following appeared on 25 April 1946 in The [Cuba] Patriot & Free Press: Mrs. Ruth Saines of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. Eva Stahle of Niagara Falls returned to the latter city Wednesday after visiting Mrs. John Cleghorn of Jackson Hill.
- Mary Evelyn Fenwick died on 25 September 1971 at age 88.
- She was interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
- Last Edited: 18 Jul 2017