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Clara Jennie Anderson

Miss Clara Jennie Anderson, was born September 14, 1879, in Hazen, the daughter of Robert Wilson Anderson and
Effie Arminta (Vasbinder) Anderson. Her family also lived in Rose Township, Jefferson County, and in Allen's Mills, Jefferson County.

She attended the schools of Jefferson County, then enrolled in nursing school in Pittsburgh. After graduating from the West Penn School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, class of 1912, she worked in that area for several years.

Clara is the shorter woman, standing in back row. Can anyone identify the other four people ?

During World War 1, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps, and was assigned on February 12, 1917, to active service in the military establishment in Allegheny County, PA. She served in the base hospital at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, until March 31, 1918. In April 1918, she was transferred to overseas to the USA Camp Hospital, No. 4, near the front lines in France, where she remained until April 1919. She was awarded the Victory Medal for her service.

Following her military experience, she continued in the nursing profession in hospital service, working for the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh for 60 years.

Miss Anderson died in a nursing home in Pittsburgh on March 4, 1972, 29 years ago this month, at the age of 92. She was buried in Temple Cemetery, Warsaw Township, Jefferson County, PA, with a military tombstone on her grave. The date of birth on the tombstone is incorrect, the date of birth listed on it as September 14, 1897

Her name has been submitted to Washington, DC, for inclusion in the Women in Military Service For America Memorial.

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