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Home of Dr. Helena Knauf Wink, Jamestown, N.D.
Home of Dr. Helena Knauf Wink, Jamestown, N.D.
TitleHome of Dr. Helena Knauf Wink, Jamestown, N.D.
Date of Originalno earlier than 1900
DescriptionA view looking at the front of a two story house with interesting architectural details and decoration. There is a fence and two people, an adult and child, stand next to the gate looking toward the house. There are some pines and trees as well as snow on the ground.
General SubjectArt & Architecture
Pioneer Era
City & Town Life
Subject (LCTGM)Buildings
Personal NameWink, Helena Knauf, 1854-1936
LocationJamestown (N.D.)
Stutsman County (N.D.)
Item NumberST247
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Transcription"Home of Dr. Helena Knauf Wink - Early 1900's Jamestown"--Printed on front of photograph.
"B. Home of Dr. Helena Knauf Wink"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesPhotographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryYoung Helena Knauf always wanted to be a doctor. Her parents had taught their children to value education and service to others. In a time when many farm children did not attend school, the Knauf children learned to fit in school lessons with work on their Michigan farm. Helena earned a teaching certificate, taught in country schools, and saved her salary to pay for medical college. In 1880, female doctors were not accepted by society. But twenty-six-year-old Helena enrolled in the medical department of the University of Michigan and graduated in the spring of 1883 with sixteen other women. These seventeen were the only women out of 117 graduates. After Helena's parents died, ten of her brothers and sisters moved west to the rich farmland near Jamestown, Dakota Territory. Helena joined her family in August 1883. She began her practice shortly after and became the only female doctor in the area. In 1886 Helena Knauf married Mathias Wink, a Jamestown local teamster. Dr. Wink became skilled in treating many kinds of ailments. In the late 1800's, before Jamestown had any hospitals, she brought nine-year-old Lizzie Stuff to her home to treat her ruptured appendix. With the help of three other doctors, Dr. Wink performed one of the earliest appendectomies in the Midwest while the girl lay on her dining-room table. Tending her young patient, Dr. Wink didn't sleep for the next three days and nights. Because of her skill and vigilance, Lizzie survived. Dr. Wink worked until her death in 1936 at the age of eighty-one.
Dr. Helena Wink set up practice in Jamestown on August 3, 1883.
Bibliographic ReferenceBlumhagen, Karen. "Pioneer doctor of the prairie." (1999)
Repository InstitutionStutsman County Memorial Museum
Repository CollectionStutsman County Memorial Museum Photographs
Credit LineStutsman County Memorial Museum, Jamestown, N.D. (ST247)
Rights ManagementOwned by Stutsman County Memorial Museum.
Ordering InformationStutsman County Memorial Museum
Phone: 701-252-6741
Address: Box 1002, Jamestown, N.D. 58401
Open: Memorial Day - September, 10am-5pm Weekdays and 1pm-5pm Weekends.
GrantNHPRC SNAP Grant 2008-2009, NAR08-RC-10021-08
Digital IDdmST247
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