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Title: Lydia Schmitt        

Dates: 1943-2008

Collection Number: MSS 11235

Quantity: 1 foot

Abstract: Consists of a scrapbook that documents Schmitt's life as a nurse, first in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps, at the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital (Bismarck Hospital) (Medcenter One), the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center) in Jamestown, ND and at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo, ND.  The album includes photographs, correspondence, printed material and a memory message from each classmate in her 1946 graduating class.

Provenance: The Lydia Schmitt Papers were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Ida Schmitt, Lydia's sister, on September 11, 2014. 

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to the collection.

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Series 30357 State Board of Nursing Aid Project Records.
Series 30697 State Board of Nursing Minutes.
Series 31306 State Board of Nursing Scholarship Committee Minutes.
Series 31307 State Board of Nursing School Accreditation Files.
Series 31308 State Board of Nursing Nurse Training School Records.
Series 31309 State Board of Nursing Audit Reports.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Lydia Maria Schmitt was born February 9, 1923, to Jacob and Albina (Bertsch) Schmitt on the farmstead nine miles southeast of Regent. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Mott (ND); attended rural school at Chilton Township and graduated from Mott Lincoln High School in 1942.

Lydia entered nurse's training at the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital, and, as a student, joined the Nurses Cadet Corp but did not serve in the military as World War II ended before her graduation in 1946 as a registered nurse.

Her 40 year career included Hospital Nursing (on medical/surgical floors) at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo, the Jamestown Hospital, and at the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital (Medcenter One). A favorite position was that of Head Nurse at the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center) at Jamestown for seven years. She also worked Pediatric Clinic in Jamestown and as a Public Health Nurse in Bismarck for three years.

While a student at the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis (Minn.), she worked part time at the Sister Kenny Institute which was well known for its work with Polio patients in the 1950s. During her last position at Medcenter One, she was more involved with the terminally ill and their families which she regarded as a valuable opportunity to serve others. During this time, she attended the University of Mary part-time. She retired in 1985.

Lydia enjoyed many hobbies, including painting. She entered local art shows and was especially pleased when two of her oil paintings were selected to hang in the State Treasurer's office. She played the guitar and enjoyed being part of a trio for many years in Jamestown as well as singing in the church choir. Later, the autoharp became her favorite instrument. Her greatest joy was involvement with church activities.

Lydia passed away on June 3, 2008, and was survived by her brother Reverend Otto Schmitt of Fargo (ND) and two sisters, Emma Kamka and Ida Schmitt. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters: Alma Erlenbusch, Clara Oberlander, Martha Frisvold and Ester Schmitt, and one brother, Emanuel Schmitt.

Source: "Lydia M. Schmitt." North Dakota Heritage Family. State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation, 2008. MSS 11235 page 86.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BISMARCK EVANGELICAL HOSPITAL

In 1907, Dr. N. O. Ramstad asked the annual conference of the Evangelical Church to consider construction of a hospital in Bismarck. With the assistance of Reverend W. C. Menges, missionary of the Bismarck Evangelical Association, a hospital was formed. The first unit of Bismarck Hospital, a three-story brick building with a bed capacity of 60 was officially opened for patients in 1909. The same year, the Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing was established. The first class graduated from the Nursing School in 1912. In 1955, the Bismarck Hospital ended its religious affiliation with the Evangelical Church, and was renamed the Bismarck Hospital. A new Bismarck Hospital School of nursing building was completed in 1982. A new north wing was opened and dedicated in 1984. The same year, Bismarck Hospital announced its new name, Medcenter One. In 2012, Medcenter One became Sanford Health.

Source: "Medcenter One Chronicle." MSS 11235 page 45.

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Box 1:
1 Scrapbook, pages 1-29
2 Scrapbook, pages 30-59
3 Scrapbook, pages 60-89

PHOTOGRAPH INVENTORY

11235-00001       Lydia Schmitt in nurse's uniform outside nurses' residence Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00002       Portrait of Lydia Schmitt in Cadet Corps uniform  ca. 1944
11235-00003       Graduation portrait from Bismarck Evangelical Hospital  Bismarck (ND)   1946
11235-00004       Portrait of Lydia Schmitt ca. 1960s
11235-00005       Portrait of Lydia Schmitt ca. 1986
11235-00006       Lydia Schmitt in Cadet Corps uniform ca. 1944
11235-00007       Lydia Schmitt in Cadet Corps uniform ca. 1944
11235-00008       Street view of the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1946
11235-00009       Lydia Schmitt with roommate and friend Eileen Hoff, wearing Cadet Corps winter uniforms Bismarck (ND)  ca. 1945
11235-00010       Portrait of Bismarck Junior College Students outside Bismarck High School/Bismarck Junior College Bismarck (ND)      1943/09/00
11235-00011       Exterior view of Bismarck High School/Bismarck Junior College Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00012       Lydia Schmitt in student nurse's uniform before capping outside nurses' residence Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00013       Lydia Schmitt in student nurse's uniform after capping outside nurses' residence Bismarck (ND) ca. 1944
11235-00014       Portrait of first year student nurses at the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital                Bismarck (ND) 1943/09/00
11235-00015       Dorothy Anderson, Bernice Wahl, Lydia Schmitt, June Teichmann  and Kathleen Anderson outside nurses' residence Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00016       Gunda Watson, Ileen Grauberger, Verna Mae Cain, Lydia Schmitt and Carol Westermann Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00017       Group of nurses in uniform outside nurses' residence Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00018       Exterior view of nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00019       Lydia Schmitt with brother Otto in front of nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND)          ca. 1943
11235-00020       Exterior view of nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00021       Exterior view of Bismarck Evangelical Hospital and School of Nursing living quarters Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00022       Exterior view of nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00023       Eileen Hoff and Lydia Schmitt on steps of nursing living quarters Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00024       Lydia Schmitt and Carol Westermann on steps of nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00025       Eileen Hoff and Carol Westermann outside nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00026       Dorothy Anderson Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00027       Lydia Schmitt outside nurses' residence, 610 7th Street Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00028       Bernice Wahl and Lydia Schmitt with Eileen Hoff's doll Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00029       Eileen Hoff upon arrival to Bismarck Evangelical Hospital Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00030       Martha Harju and Lydia Schmitt wearing surgery garb     Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00031       Lydia Schmitt with nurses in nurses' residence    Bismarck (ND)  ca. 1943
11235-00032       Coffee time: Renee Johns, Bernice Wahl, Eileen Hoff and Rose Marie Lorentzen Bismarck (ND)  ca. 1943
11235-00033       Delores Krueger, Martha Harju, Agnes Buchli, Lenora Ochsner, Kathleen Anderson, Dorothy Wasem, Lydia Schmitt, Margaret Swensen, and Ileen Grauberger Bismarck (ND)            ca. 1943
11235-00034       Ileen Grauberger, Verna Mae Cain and Doris Steidl Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00035       Bernice Wahl and Lydia Schmitt  ca. 1943
11235-00036       Two unidentified nurses beside operating table Bismarck Evangelical Hospital Bismarck (ND)       ca. 1943
11235-00037       Miss Hardin, Superintendent      Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00038       Miss Effie Swenson, Assistant Director   Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00039       Dr. S.W. Schoregge, Surgeon        Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00040       Dr. N.O. Ramstad, Surgeon          Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00041       Dr. N.O. Brink, Surgeon Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00042       Dr. Larson, Pathologist   Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00043       Dr. P.W. Freise, O.B.         Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00044       Dr. Brandt, O.B.                 Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00045       Dr. Arnson, Medical         Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00046       Dr. Fredricks, Medical     Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00047       Dr. Grorud, Medical and student's physician Bismarck (ND) ca. 1943
11235-00048       Dr. Perrin, ENT   Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00049       Dr. Rosenberger, ENT     Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00050       Dr. G.M. Constans            Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1943
11235-00051       Portrait of the Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduating class of 1946 Bismarck (ND)     1946
11235-00052       Exterior view of the Bismarck Hospital    Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1982
11235-00052       Panorama of the Bismarck Hospital (Medcenter One) Bismarck (ND) ca. 1984
11235-00053       Graduation portrait of Anita Lehner, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)          1946
11235-00054       Graduation portrait of Carol Westermann, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)  1946
11235-00055       Graduation portrait of Dorothy Wasem, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)   1946
11235-00056       Graduation portrait of Lenora Oshsner, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)    1946
11235-00057       Graduation portrait of Doris Steidl, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)             1946
11235-00058       Graduation portrait of Ileen Grauberger, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND) 1946
11235-00059       Graduation portrait of Verna Mae Cain, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)    1946
11235-00060       Graduation portrait of Agnes Buchli, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)          1946
11235-00061       Graduation portrait of Ruth Wittmer, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)        1946
11235-00062       Graduation portrait of either Dorothy or Kathleen Anderson, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)   1946
11235-00063       Graduation portrait of Gunda Watson, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)      1946
11235-00064       Graduation portrait of Marilyn Roeder, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)     1946
11235-00065       Graduation portrait of Eileen Hoff, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)              1946
11235-00066       Graduation portrait of June Teichmann, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)   1946
11235-00067       Graduation portrait of Martha Harju, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)         1946
11235-00068       Graduation portrait of Erma Hochhalter, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)  1946
11235-00069       Graduation portrait of Erma Hochhalter, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)  1946
11235-00070       Graduation portrait of Mary Louise Jones, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)  1946
11235-00071       Graduation portrait of Renee Johns, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)          1946
11235-00072       Graduation portrait of Rose Marie Lorentzen, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)  1946
11235-00073       Graduation portrait of Eunice Roesler, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)      1946
11235-00074       Graduation portrait of "Esse" (possibly Hilda Eslinger), Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)   1946
11235-00075       Graduation portrait of Hilda Eslinger, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)         1946
11235-00076       Graduation portrait of Bernice Wahl, Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing Bismarck (ND)         1946
11235-00077       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at reunion Bismarck (ND)           1982
11235-00078       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at reunion: Dorothy Anderson, Gunda Watson, Dorothy Wasem, Martha Harju, Lenora Ochsner, Kay Anderson, Lydia Schmitt, Carol Westermann, and Ilene Grauberger Bismarck (ND)   1982
11235-00079       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at first reunion: Martha Harju, Bernice Wahl, Agnes Buchli, Dorothy Price, Carol Westermann, Verna Mae Cain, Eileen Hoff, Dorothy Anderson, Lenora Ochsner, Gunda Watson, Hilda Eslinger, "Chase," Lydia Schmitt, and Kay Anderson Bismarck (ND) 1954/08/00
11235-00080       40th Anniversary reunion committee of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates: Verna Mae Cain Holden, Carol Westermann Schwarting, Eileen Hoff Belakjon, Kay Anderson McDonald and Lydia Schmitt  Bismarck (ND)   1986/07/19
11235-00081       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at 40th reunion Bismarck (ND) 1986/07/19
11235-00082       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates with spouses at 40th reunion Bismarck (ND)   1986/07/19
11235-00083       Peggy Swenson and Lydia Schmitt  Bismarck (ND)   1991
11235-00084       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates with spouses at 40th reunion  Bismarck (ND)   1986/07/19
11235-00085       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at 40th reunion with airplane Bismarck (ND)   1986/07/19
11235-00086       Computer print of Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at all school reunion: Elda Weisser, Jeannette Gaebe, Leontine Schaell, Iris Meier Schoregge, Betty Bohrer, Carol Schwarting, Kay McDonald, Lydia Schmitt, Verna Asker, Maxine Kraft, Thelma Barstad, Hilda Keller, Martin, Ruth Kraft Orchert, and Irene Reiger Gross  Bismarck (ND) 1946
11235-00087       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates Bismarck (ND) 1995
11235-00088       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at Lydia Schmitt's home  Bismarck (ND)   ca. 1980s
11235-00089       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at Perkins Bismarck (ND) ca. 1995
11235-00090       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at the home of Dorothy Wasem Hess for their 50th reunion Cheyenne (Wyo.) 1996
11235-00091       Group of 1946 Bismarck Evangelical Hospital School of Nursing graduates at their 50th reunion    Cheyenne (Wyo.) 1996
11235-00092       Pastors and church workers in a Pastoral Care training program, at The Golden Dragon restaurant 1980
11235-00093       Exterior view of buildings at the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center) Jamestown (ND) n.d.
11235-00094       Lydia Schmitt treating children at the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center) Jamestown (ND) ca. 1940s-1950s
11235-00095       Staff and friends at the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center)              Jamestown (ND)              ca. 1940s-1950s
11235-00096       Lydia Schmitt with an unidentified child at the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center) Jamestown (ND)      ca. 1940s-1950s
11235-00097       Lydia Schmitt with an unidentified child at the Crippled Children's School (Anne Carlsen Center) Jamestown (ND)      ca. 1940s-1950s
11235-00098       Lydia Schmitt with unidentified child at St. Luke's Hospital Fargo (ND) ca. 1947-1951
11235-00099       Lydia Schmitt outside apartment near St. Luke's Hospital Fargo (ND) ca. 1947-1951
11235-00100       Lydia Schmitt beside tractor which she had ridden home because snow prohibited automobile traffic 1949
11235-00101       Lydia Schmitt with group at Jamestown Hospital Jamestown (ND) 1966
11235-00102       Lydia Schmitt leaving for a home visit, City Nursing Services Bismarck (ND)   1967
11235-00103       Retirement party for Lydia Schmitt after 40 years of nursing Bismarck (ND)   1986
11235-00104       Lydia Schmitt receiving a retirement gift from Terry Brosseau Bismarck (ND) 1986
11235-00105       Retirement party for Lydia Schmitt at Medcenter One    Bismarck (ND)   1986
11235-00106       Bulletin boards arranged by Lydia Schmitt for her retirement parties Bismarck (ND) 1986
11235-00107       Bulletin boards arranged by Lydia Schmitt for her retirement parties Bismarck (ND) 1986
11235-00108       Retirement dinner for Lydia Schmitt after 40 years of nursing, Royal Fork restaurant Bismarck (ND) 1986

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