In addition to making house calls as a private practitioner and working for the county as the school nurse, Kathleen delivered more than one hundred babies in her long career.
Elsie Garrish (1915-2003), another island native, also studied nursing, in the 1930s. Elsie worked in hospitals on the mainland for a number of years, but returned to Ocracoke in 1963. If you look carefully at the 1960s tourist map below (you can click to enlarge the map), you will see Kathleen's house (near the lighthouse) and Elsie's house (on Howard Street) noted. There was no medical doctor, nor clinic on the island at that time.
|Early, 1950s Tourist Map|
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Civil War on the Outer Banks, Josephus Daniels, Jr, Secretary of the Navy during WWI, and his connection to Ocracoke. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022112.htm.