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Pioneer Nurse Jean Todd: A Woman Professional on the Dakota Frontier

“Pioneer Nurse Jean Todd: A Woman Professional on Dakota Frontier” by Ruth Page Jones is an account of a Scottish immigrant and single mother who became one of the first trained nursing professionals in South Dakota. From her arrival in the Mitchell/Plankinton area in 1887, Todd overcame challenges such as poor transportation and opposition from local doctors to serve the community until retiring in 1918.

Jones is a researcher currently focusing on South Dakota women’s history.

Articles in South Dakota History, the quarterly journal of the South Dakota Historical Society Press, are free to researchers and readers online once they are over ten years old, prior to that the issue can be purchased for $10.00, plus shipping and handling. Contact (605) 773-6009 for additional information.