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Davenport Hospital; Sarah Foulks, M.D.; Stokley

Identifier: 2009-20

Scope and Contents

Collection of nine images taken in 1911 and 1912 of the Davenport Hospital, nurses home, and staff members. The hospital and nurses home was located on East 29th Street (East Twenty-nineth Street).


  • circa 1911-1912

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Sarah Elizabeth Foulks was born on October 12, 1880 on the family farm in Burlington Township, New Jersey, the second of four sisters. She and two sisters attended Normal School. She later attended an osteopathic type program, and then Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, graduating in 1907. According to the family story, she and several other doctors started the Davenport Hospital after that. They trained nurses there, including her sister-in-law “Motz” Martha Stokley who then worked in Europe during World War I. Martha later married Robert McCosh and lived in Davenport.

Sara headed the American Women’s Hospitals in Athens, Greece in the the early 1920’s-a volunteer effort to aid Greek refugees returning to Greece from Turkey. She received a medal from the Greek king-and was let go due to lack of funds.

Dr. Sara E. Foulks appears to have made Davenport, Iowa her home from 1911 until 1924.

Sara spent some years working at Elwyn Training School outside Philadelphia. She retired about 1950 and died in 1962.


9 images (in 1 folder.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 37 Section 8

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Physical Description

very good

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

Books and other printed materials in the collection can be found using a Library Search. For additional digital resources, browse the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive. For more information about specific subjects relating to Scott County History, please browse the Research Guides.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490
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