GO WEST, YOUNG NURSE, GO WEST!
By Arletta Dawdy
Jane Arminda Delano heeded the call from New York’s Dr. Thomas Darlington, an old family friend and went to a “dusty mining camp in the Arizona Territory,” sometime in 1886. She may have been there a few months or upwards of three years for the record is lacking. Born in Montour Falls, New York in March of 1862, she was daughter of Union General George Delano and Mary Wright Delano and younger sister of Ada. The death of Jane’s father in the fever driven death march to the Battle of New Orleans inspired her to train at Bellevue Hospital to become a nurse.