Alma Historical Society
HONORING Orma Aurelia Schreiber From Alma, Wisconsin
World War I, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Died In Service
Buffalo County's Only War Time Casualty Who Was A Woman
Marker Placed On Her Grave 99 Years After Her Death
This story starts with reading the Buffalo County Journal last September under "From The Area In Years Gone By: 100 Years Ago" which read "Orma Schreiber had made the required grade at the examination for trained nurses."
In October while walking the Alma Cemetery, we came upon Orma Schreiber's grave in the Alma Cemetery. You see she died of influenza about 2 years after the little news blurb in the Journal ... caring for soldiers who were ill with the Spanish Flu (influenza) at US Army Base Hospital No. 45. She was in France as a WWI Red Cross Nurse and died on October 9, 1918 ... she had been in France at Base Hospital No 45 for only one month. She was buried in France with full military honors and in 1921 her remains were shipped home to Alma for burial at the Alma Cemetery.
Orma Shreiber is the only known war time casualty from Buffalo County, WI who was a woman and we honor her today, Memorial Day. Her headstone says "Died In France" but it didn't have a military grave marker or an American Flag. We asked the Alma American Legion for a World War I marker and placed it on her grave on May 29, 2017, Memorial Day ... 99 years after her death.
JOURNAL, NURSING NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 1918
"In October, at Base Hospital No. 45, France, died of meningitis, Aurelia Schreiber, class of 1916, Cohl Hospital, St. Paul, Minn. Although given but a short time to serve her country, Miss Schreiber did it cheerfully and without complaint, only saying there were not enough hours in the day to do what should be done for the comfort of the boys. She was buried with military honors at sunset of the day she died."
DONATION: After speaking with the Schreiber family, they've donated material the family kept on Orma Schreiber to the Alma Historical Society. It's anticipated that her information will be added to the Museum's military exhibit.
LESSON LEARNED: Read The Buffalo County Journal! There's so much about Alma and Buffalo County for today as well as our history.
PHOTOS: U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 45, World War I Photograph Collection
U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 45 in the Great War
Military Nurses In World War I
Contributions of the US Army Nurse Corps in World War I