Local Book: Mustard Plasters and Handcars - Through the Eyes of a Red Cross Out Post Nurse by Gertrude LeRoy Miller
Wilberforce, in 1922, became home to the first Red Cross Outpost Hospital in Ontario. It was here in this somewhat isolated northern rural village in the Haliburton Highlands, only a short distance from southeastern Algonquin Park, that Gertrude Leroy, newly graduated as a nurse and with a certificate in public health nursing, began her career.
This is Gertrude’s story, her trials and tribulations, her joys and her successes in her 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week role. This is also the story of a unique community of people, who, though faced with the realities of economic hardships during the Depression years, emerge strengthened by the sense of fellowship and generosity.
Through the eyes of this Red Cross Outpost nurse comes a lovely nostalgic look at our days of yesteryear: the one-room schools and railways whose schedules respond to the needs of people.