Category: Biography

Wilma Wallace, Army Nurse Corps, World War I

Wilma Mae Wallace (1889-1972) was an early graduate of Reid Hospital’s Nurses’ Training School.  At that point it was a three-year course, and she and four others graduated in June 1914.  She remained at Reid Hospital after her graduation.  Soon after President Wilson’s declaration of war in April 1917, Wallace registered with the American Red Cross

Major Raymond P. Salzarulo

This week marks the anniversary of the Battle of Midway, which was the turning point of World War II in the Pacific theater.  One of Richmond’s earliest casualties in the war was lost on the last day of this historic battle. Raymond Salzarulo was an Army Air Corps Captain stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii

John Finley (1797-1866)

Born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on January 11, 1797, he came to Indiana in 1821 and served in various public offices for the rest of his life, beginning in 1822 when he became Justice of the Peace. He represented Wayne County in the State Legislature from 1828 to 1831, and for three years after that

Allen Jay (1831-1910)

Growing up in Clark County, Ohio, Allen was brought up in an orthodox Quaker family. In his youth, he was an active participant with the Underground Railroad. He first came to Richmond as a teenager and spent a year at the Quaker boarding school, which would become Earlham College. He attended college for one year at Antioch. After

Singin’ Sam, the Barbasol Man

Singin’ Sam was the stage name of Harry Frankel, who lived in Richmond for much of his life.  Beginning his career as a minstrel performer and vaudevillian, he was a famous personality in the early days of commercial radio.  He was best known as Singin’ Sam, the Barbasol Man for his long association with that