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the blizzard hit. Jennie’s insight to keep the children in the schoolhouse when the storm hit undoubtedly saved their lives. Finally, Jennie had saved enough money to attend medical school. Now she was faced with the challenge of finding a medical school who accepted women. In addition, another hurdle which existed at this time finding a hospital or clinic who allowed women to practice. It is no wonder less than 5% of all physicians in the United States were women. (Saturday Evening Post) Jennie was accepted into the Hahnemann Medical School in Chicago. The school was named after Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who founded the philosophy of homeopathy. Upon admittance, it was explained if she did not place within the top of the class there would be no place for her. She accepted this challenge and worked extremely hard in her courses (Hintgen). The intensity of the courses and undoubtedly the stress of the environment took a toll on Jennie. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and returned home to recover. She did so quickly and returned to school. In 1893, Jennie received her medical degree from Hahnemann and completed an internship at the temporary hospital at the Chicago’s World Fair. She returned to the Dakota’s briefly working in Gregory, SD before returning to Yankton to join practice with Dr. E.W. Murray. Now thirty, Dr. Jennie Murphy participated in the formation of the Yankton Hospital Association in 1895. The Association converted a small home on Fourth Street west of Walnut into a small facility. Two years later the Association was involved in founding Sacred Heart Hospital. Dr. Murphy decided she needed more training regarding diseases affecting women and children, so she traveled to New York for post graduate work. Upon returning home, with a degree from a homeopathic institution and newly acquired training in treating diseases in women and children, she opened a private practice in Union Block (located where Riverfront Event Center now stands). She was now ready to tackle the issues facing the women, children, and residents of Yankton. Known to ride a bicycle about town in the warmer months, she could be seen traveling house to house treating patients and delivering babies. Among the many babies she helped into the world was Chandler Gurney, the future United States Senator. It is reported she also sewed his finger back on when it was cut off by a bicycle sprocket. (Karelovetiz). To reach the country patients, she traveled by horse and buggy. She traveled the surrounding area making trips into Nebraska from time to time. She mended broken limbs, battled fevers, infections, and contagious diseases. She reported at times she would be exhausted from her long days in the country and would fall asleep in her horse drawn buggy. Her horses continued on the path while she slept delivering her home safely to her residence at 409 Douglas. In later years, she drove a big Cadillac and was the first women to drive a car out and about on the country roads (Hintgen). vMURPHY continued on page 25 Enjoy All Your Fall Activities & Let Us Do The Cooking! Broasted Chicken To Go! By The Piece Plus A Variety Of Sides To Complete Your Meal *Salads * Potatoes * Desserts 2809 Broadway Ave., Yankton 605-665-9884 Monday-Thursday 11AM to 9PM Friday & Saturday 11AM-10PM Sundays 10:30AM-9PM jodeans.com e 1971 ned Sinc w Family O Check Out Our Salads To Go Too! Call 4 $ 00 Pick Your MoUp Calen nthly With Modar Speciare $4 ls! Dinners To-Go •Chicken•Catfish •Walleye Includes mashed potatoes and gravy and steamed vegetable & Order Ahead 665.9884 HERVOICEvSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019v13

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