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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Sugar and Spice: 1915

Sugar and Spice: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Miss Elizabeth Clem, daughter of Maj. Gen. John L. Clem, famed in Grand Army circles as the 'Drummer Boy of Chickamauga'." Elizabeth's 64-year-old father was said to be the last Civil War veteran still serving in the military. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cloistered

This young lady (whose father was a drummer boy at Chickamauga during the Civil War) had her official social debut in 1926 and then in 1929 joined a convent and became a Carmelite nun at the age of 23. How many debutantes do THAT, I wonder.

Sister Anne, Cont'd

Some details on her life and that of her father here.

Sister Anne of the Trinity Clem

        Sister Anne was one of the eight nuns sent to establish Carmel of Reno. By 1967, she was the Mother Superior there.

One may find a short biography of Elizabeth Ann Clem here.

 
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