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Helen Bailey and Martina Swift Bailey

Helen Bailey Bauer Gladden and her mother, Martina Swift Bailey.

Martina was the youngest child of John C. Swift and Mary Cecily Rimmer. Around 1980, she recorded her memories of the family and her life. Her daughter, Sister Joan Bailey, organized the transcription of hours of tape recordings and added biographical sketches written by others and transcriptions of letters from family members in England, Ireland and elsewhere.

This collection of information is an invaluable resource for the family history. It is a lengthy document, but it can be downloaded in three separate files from these links:

part one
part two
part three

Martina Swift

Martina Swift - 1903

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Martina Swift

Martina Swift, ca. 1912 (shortly before her marriage to Leonard Bailey)

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Agnes swift

Agnes Swift - the 10th child born to John C. Swift and Mary Cecily Rimmer.

Agnes was born in1880. During her short life, she traveled to Europe twice -- once in 1911 with Dr. Sala, his family and another nurse from Washington, IA. They visited medical installations in many European cities. During this trip, she wrote dispatches which were published in her local newspaper, the Washington Democrat, published by Alex Miller.

During her 1911 trip, Agnes made a short visit to Gort, Ireland, where she found first cousins of her father, John C. Swift, and wrote home to tell him about her visit.

In 1917, she joined the American war effort as part of Unit R, organized in southeastern Iowa by a couple of doctors, and attached to Base Hospital 32 at Contrexeville, France. The hospital treated thousands of wounded and sick of all nationalities. Agnes remained in France until early 1919, arriving in New York on March 22, 1919. She took a train back to Washington, Iowa. During the trip, her sisters Julia and Martina met her on the train, with the tragic news that their father had died in her absence (John C. Swift died 15 Feb. 1919.)

Agnes's health was seriously affected during her war service, and though she returned to nursing duties in Iowa, she fell ill and succumbed to her ailments in 1923. She was buried with full military honors on her 43rd birthday. Her cousin, Harry Swift, who was himself wounded in battle near Chateau-Thierry, was one of her pallbearers.

Obituary Agnes Swift

Obituary for Agnes Swift, published in the Davenport Democrat and Leader. Written by Mrs. Alex Miller (Agnes was very close to the Miller family and cared for their children.)

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