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DAR?honors Bay Cliff co-founder Elba Morse

August 14, 2013
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE -?On June 23, members of the Onagomingkway Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored the late Miss Elba Lila Morse, R.N., with DAR's "Woman in American History" Award.

Miss Morse was co-founder of Bay Cliff Health Camp, a summer camp created in 1933 to serve undernourished children in the Upper Peninsula. She then served as its director from 1938-1957.

Prior to her moving to the Upper Peninsula, Elba was one of the first Red Cross public health nurses, was a nurse recruiter during World War I, and was a Red Cross disaster responder.

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At the Daughters of American Revolution event honoring Elba Morse were, from the left:?Cheryl Lewis, Regent, JoAnn Caynak-Beauchamp, Vice-Regent, Barb Hubbard, Edie Hopper, Chaplain, Vicki Mann, Elba Morse Committee, Sherrye Woodworth,, Registrar, Elba Morse Committee, and Tim Bennett, director of Bay Cliff Health Camp.

She received many state and national awards including Michigan Nurse of the Year in 1952, and is a member of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

Elba was a charter member of the Ezra Parker DAR Chapter in downstate Royal Oak.

She died in 1975.

The Onagomingkway Chapter presented Bay Cliff with a framed award certificate/photo collage and a book of Elba's life and ancestry.



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