Polk County

Lt. Julia L. Bussanmas



Army May Get Them; St. Anthony's Graduation May 28

Many graduates of nursing schools are being asked to volunteer for a year's duty at the various army cantonments because of the enlarged national defense program. Show above are members of the 1941 graduating class at St. Anthony's hospital who will receive their diplomas May 28 at the 40th annual commencement of the institution, several of them whom may become army nurses during the summer.


Left to right: Mary C. Knors, Racine; Dorothy M. Long, Rock Island; Fern Taylor, Reynolds; Lena Falkowitch, Rock Island, Julia L. Bussanmas, Des Moines; and Evelyn Coletta, Utica, N.Y.

Source: The Daily Times, May 2, 1941 (group photo included)

Lt. Julia Louise Bussanmas, army nurse corps, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Bussanmas, 1809 Eleventh st., became the bride of John H. Songer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Songer, 1825 Seventh st, at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Ambrose cathedral. The Rev. Gerald Deere officiated. Robert Burns was the soloist.
Miss Clara Ann Bussanmas was her sister's maid of honor, and Capt. Donald Songer was best man for his brother.

Following the ceremony a breakfast was served to 20 guests at Mrs. Doty's tearoom.

Mrs. Songer was graduated from St. Joseph academy and St. Anthony school of nursing in Rock Island, Ill. She is stationed at Fort Frances E. Warren in Wyoming.

Mr. Songer just has received his discharge from the air forces after serving eight months in the European theater. He is employed by the Des Moines Railway Co.

Source: Des Moines Tribune, December 24, 1945 (photo included)