As often happens…looking for one thing, found something else. On May 29, 1923, the Winston-Salem Journal ran this item on page 2:

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Here is the building as it looked then:

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And here is the first administrator, the Reverend George T. Lumpkin, whose time in office spanned the years 1922-1934:

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Neither the Journal, nor the afternoon paper, the Twin City Sentinel, ran a picture of the first baby born there, Frederick Bryant Trivette, Jr., but I caught up with him 22 years later when, a Marine fresh home from the war, he was on the brink of marrying Miss Frances Sprinkle on September 1, 1945:

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One of the first things that happened at Baptist was the establishment of a school of nursing. The first class graduated in 1926:

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The Class of 1926, first class to graduate from North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. Graduates front row L-R: Verna Aldridge, Gertrude Rogers, Miss Edna Heinzerling, director of school; Mildred Wall, Mary Poplin. Back row L-R: Elizabeth Griffith, Marion Parks, Susie Beach, Clarice Tuttle, Bryte Wilson and Lennie Ward.

Here is the 1934 class:

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North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1934 members are (first row, L-R): Gladys Lee, Ruby W. Stokes, Edna Heinzerling, Frances McAllister Netterville, Opal K. Furches; (second row) Myrtle Cooper King, Frances Hudson Vail, Ruth Deese Sawyers, Lula Burleson Calhoun, Mildred Reeves Vestal and (row 3) Louise Ledford, Annie Laura Dry, Ruth Haige Page and Ruby Hastings Scalia.

And here is my favorite picture of nursing school students, with a terrific story, from the 1920s:

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North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing students with their bobbed hairstyles and their families (dolls) are: (L-R) Alma McCracken, class of 1929; May Hylton, unknown class; Verna Aldridge, class of 1926 and Mildred Wall, class of 1926. Some of the hospital staff objected to nurses having short hair. If bureaucracy is about anything, it is about tyranny, so nurses and student nurses were not allowed to have short hair. But the girls waged a subtle, determined protest movement. Eventually a notice was placed on the bulletin board in the dining room that read: All students who think they will be better looking with short hair may have it cut. By 5:00 p.m. that day most all of the students and nurses on duty had already cut their hair.

You can find pictures of other nursing students and classes by searching for them on Digital Forsyth.

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