MARTHA (PETROS) ELMORE
From 'Fanning the Embers', published 1971, Range Rider Reps, Miles City, Montana
I was born May 17, 1917, at Deitz, Wyo. My parents were Mary and Stanley Petros. They moved to a ranch in the Sarpy area and here we lived until I was seven years old when the folks moved in to Hardin, Mont. There were ten of us girls and two boys in the family. My warmest memories are of our St. Bernard dog, Shep, and the old gray horse we children rode.
After graduation from High School in Hardin, I clerked for three years. I then went into nurses training at Memorial Hospital at Sheridan, Wyo., and graduated as a registered nurse. In 1940 1 affiliated with the Denver General Hospital in Pediatrics and the University of Colorado Medical School in Psychiatry.
I have always been interested in Indians. We went to school in Hardin with the Crow Indians. One full﷓blooded Indian, Samuel Rides A Horse, graduated from high school with my class. Due to this interest, I accepted an appointment with the Department of the Interior INDIAN Nursing Service in 1942 in Lame Deer, Mont., to care for the Cheyenne Indians for three years.
It was at Lame Deer I met and married my husband, Jack Elmore, who was working for the McRae Ranch.
We have one daughter, Cynthia Carol, born 1946. She married Sidney Smith and they live in Texhoma, Okla. We have one grandson.
In 1960 1 started taking subjects at Miles Community College for advancement to Associate grade in Veterans Administration nursing. I am now a Registered Nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miles City.
I hope to return to some type of Indian Health Service before I retire. The three years spent with the Indians at Lame Deer remains the most interesting and gratifying of my 27 years in nursing.