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Dayton Journal Herald - Wednesday, February 7, 1940

Ohio's Last Civil War Nurse Dies in St. Paris

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URBANA - Mrs. Harriet Brubaker, 95, last Civil war nurse in Ohio and one of two surviving in the United States, died at her home in nearby St. Paris at 5 p.m. Tuesday. She was the widow of Isaac Brubaker, for many years a St. Paris banker.

The daugher of Rev. James Manning, pastor of the old St. John's Lutheran church of St. Paris many years ago, she was born at Fultonham, Ohio, October 7, 1844. Soon after the Civil war broke out, she went to Grafton, W. Va., to visit a friend. Shortly after the battle of Grafton, she enlisted in the nursing service of the Union army and was one of the first persons assigned to the army hospital established in a Grafton hotel. Later two other nurses joined her in maintaining the hospital until near the close of the war, when it was moved to Baltimore.

The nurse married Isaac Brubaker and the couple made their home for many years in St. Paris. In recent times she had resided with a nephew, William Brubaker.

Funeral will be held probably Friday in St. Paris and burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery.


Dayton Journal Herald - Thursday, February 8, 1940

Military Rites Set for War Nurse

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ST. PARIS - Military funeral services will be held at teh Richeson funeral home at 2 p.m. Friday for Mrs. Harriett Brubaker, last surviving Civil war nurse, who died at her home here Tuesday. Rites will be in charge of Keith Cretors post, American Legion. Other services will be conducted by Rev. Simon Long, pastor of the Piqua Lutheran church. Burial will be in Spring Grove cemetery, near Millerstown.