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Sylvene Nye, Roseville Born 1880, Daughter of Caroline (Surname
Unknown) and Dr. Orin Nye of Roseville. Taught in Roseville 1902
She served as a nurse in WW1. Died 1923. Buried Watson Cemetery, Roseville
Sylveen A. Nye (#18472) was born 1880. Sylveen died 16
AUG 1923 in Reading, New York, at age 43. NYE, SYLVENE
BRAVE WAR NURSE MADE SUPREME SACRIFICE—Sylvene
Nye Answers Final Call—Overwork and Exposure While in Europe With Colors
Caused Death of Heroic Nurse
Sylvene Ahaya Nye, daughter of Orrin S. Nye and
the late Caroline Drake Nye, passed from this life to life eternal at her
father’s home at Rutland, Penna., on July 3, 1924. She was born in
Columbus Ohio, soon after her father, located in Rutland, where Sylvene’s
childhood and early girlhood were passed. She graduated from Mansfield
State Normal School and for several years engaged in teaching in Pennsylvania
and New Jersey. In 1914, she entered the training school for nurses
connected with Roosevelt Hospital and had been but a few months graduated
when the United States entered the World War. She immediately volunteered
in the Roosevelt-Mackey Unit, which sailed for France one week after General
Pershing. After several months’ service at U. S. Official Headquarters
at Chauniont, she was, at her request transferred to Evacuation Hospital
No. 4. She served in the following engagements: Champagne-Marne,
Aisne-Marne, Olse-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector.
She was awarded the Croix de Guerre with gilt star by the French government
for her bravery, devotion to duty and heroic conduct when Evacuation Hospital
No. 4 was shelled by the enemy on November 2, 1918. It was overwork and
exposure at this time that caused the illness that later cost her life.
After the Armistice Miss Nye spent several months on duty at Coblenz, Germany.
She is survived by her father, Dr. Orrin S. Nye; one brother, Delos F.
Nye, of Rio Vista, California, sister, Margaret, now Mrs. James Paul, of
Spokane, Wash., and a half-sister, Frances Carolyn Nye, of Rutland, Penna.,
all of whom were able to be with her for several weeks preceding her demise.
A splendid, noble, useful woman is gone. During long months of helplessness
no murmur of complaint passed her lips; her cheerfulness, her patience,
her courage were marvelous and evoked the admiration and love of all.
Just a few moments before the end, she turned to her little sister Carolyn,
and said, “Don’t be afraid, Honey, I am just napping.” To her classmates
and the nurses of Roosevelt Hospital she was greatly attached. Any
story of her life would be incomplete without mention of their loyalty
and affectionate devotion to her. Their many acts and deeds of kindness
gave her cheer and comfort and did much to help her bear her burden of
helplessness. “Sylvene does not fear, Sylvene is a soldier,” said one of
her devoted nurse friends, during her illness, and surely no soldier ever
met death more bravely than she. One more flower of America’s youth has
made the Supreme Sacrifice. Her body was interred AUG 1923 in Watson Cemetery,Roseville,
Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
1902 - The directors had quite a time in securing a teacher
for the boro school. After quite a number of votes were cast, the last
vote was taken, and Sylvene Nye was the teacher engaged. The school began
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Published On Tri-Counties Site On 10/31/2003 By Joyce M. Tice Email: JoyceTice@aol.com
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