LISTENING PROJECT: Florence LeRoy & Linda Ensign

In this interview Linda Ensign talks with her mother Florence LeRoy about growing up in Canada and training as a nurse. Leroy graduated nursing school on D-DAY in 1944. She eventually came to Petersburg in 1960 and took over as the superintendent of Petersburg’s hospital. But before coming to Petersburg, she moved with her new husband to Craig and was working for a fish processor, when local residents started calling on her to help deliver babies. She had to put her nursing skills to use immediately after giving birth to her second daughter, Debbie, instructing the doctor and attending nurses how to assemble an unused incubator to save her daughter’s life. Leroy also talks about running Petersburg’s hospital, adding long-term care in the facility and the doctors and other nurses who worked there in the 60s and 70s.