Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project, Inc. [OTHRP]


Omahas in History


Photograph courtesy Hampton University Archives.

Josephine Barnaby, nurse and teacher





Josephine Barnaby

nurse and teacher

Barnaby was educated for several years at the Old Presbyterian Mission school, then, at the age of 19, she attended two years at Hampton where she graduated in 1887. She went on to New Haven to train as a nurse. Barnaby both taught school and used her medical skills on the Omaha Reservation as well as other reservations in the Dakotas. At times she was the only source of western style medicine for an entire people during epidemics. She married John von Felden.

What would be fitter
The "Omaha Knitter."
Whose heart is Miles away,
Than these needles so fine
From branches of pine
Where the shadows and sunshine play.

Josephine Barnaby, May 1887

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