Olga Wilhelmina (Vieg) McGowan

Olga Wilhelmina (Vieg) McGowan (1891 - 1922)

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Olga Wilhelmina McGowan formerly Vieg
Born in Appleton, Minnesotamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married (to ) in St. Cecilia’s Church, St. Paul, Minnesotamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Pine City, Minnesotamap
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Categories: Appleton, Minnesota | Nurses | Saint Francis Cemetery, Benson, Minnesota | Pokegama Sanatorium, Pine City, Minnesota | Minnesota, Deaths from Tuberculosis.


Biography

Olga was the oldest of four children of Gus and Gertrude Huseby Vieg.[1] She grew up and attended school in Appleton, Minnesota.[2][3] She was confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Appleton when she was 14.[4] She graduated from Appleton High School in 1909. In the spring of 1910, following the death of her mother the previous fall, she entered the Swedish Hospital at Minneapolis as a student nurse[5] and later graduated as a registered nurse. She was working as a nurse at Swedish Hospital in 1911.[6]

In 1916, Olga was appointed to the Credentials Committee of the Hennepin County Nurses Association at their annual meeting. [7] That same year, Olga was one of the organizers of the Swedish Hospital Nurse Alumnae Association.[8]She lived at Apt 29, 1365 Spruce Place in Minneapolis.[9]

She married Appleton newspaper editor Martin McGowan in St. Paul, Minnesota when she was 27 years old. They initially made their home at 2195 Doswell Ave. in St. Paul.[10]After Martin entered military service, she returned to Appleton, and Martin joined her after the armistice. Martin's brother Francis lived with them lived with them for a time before he also married.[11] Their first child died at birth, and their second, a son, was born a year later.

After her marriage, and until illness forced her resignation, she was president of the American Legion auxiliary, and under her leadership the organization was active in providing comforts for the disabled in various hospitals. She was a member of the Appleton High school alumni association and the organization of graduate nurses of the Swedish Hospital.[12]

Death

Olga died at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1922, at Pokegama Sanatorium, near Pine City, after a year's illness with pulmonary tuberculosis. The illness was diagnosed in the spring of 1922 and she entered the sanatarium on June 3. Complications developed about a week before her death. Funeral services were held on August 26, 1922, followed by burial at the McGowan family plot at the St. Francis Catholic cemetery, Benson, Minnesota.[13]

Sources

  1. "Minnesota State Census, 1895," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQDW-6L2 : accessed 2 January 2016), Olga Veig in household of August N Veig, Appleton village, Swift, Minnesota; citing p. 25, line 8, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 565,813.
  2. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9Q9-76H : accessed 2 January 2016), Olga Veig in household of August Veig, Appleton Township Appleton village, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 5B, family 86, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,793.
  3. "Minnesota State Census, 1905," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPQ6-FMB : accessed 2 January 2016), Olga W Vieg, Appleton, Appleton township, Swift, Minnesota; citing p. 7, line 263, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 928,818.
  4. Confirmation Record
  5. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2G4-KGH : accessed 2 January 2016), Olga W Theo in household of Millicent S Laumers, Minneapolis Ward 5, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 103, sheet 19A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,715.
  6. Minneapolis, Minnesota, City Directory, 1911, p. 1811.
  7. Nursing World, Volumes 56-57
  8. Finance and commerce of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, Minn.)&date=1916-03-29&edition=1 "Minneapolis and Hennepin County, Register of Deeds Office, Articles of Incorporation," Finance and Commerce, March 29, 1916.
  9. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  10. "McGowan-Vieg Nuptials Held At St. Paul on Wednesday, May 29, The Appleton Press, May 31, 1918, p. 1, col. 5.
  11. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW15-16D : accessed 2 January 2016), Olga W Mcgowan in household of Martin J Mcgowan, Appleton, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 8B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,864.
  12. "Editor's Wife Died at Pine City Wednesday," Appleton Press, Fri. Aug. 25, 1922, p. 1
  13. "Editor's Wife Died at Pine City Wednesday," Appleton Press, Fri. Aug. 25, 1922, p. 1


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Olga Vieg, Nursing School Graduate
Olga Vieg, Nursing School Graduate

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Olga and Martin Jr.

Mart and Olga McGowan
Mart and Olga McGowan

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