3 photographs : b&w and col. (1 negative) ; 10 x 12 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This accession consists of two nursing uniforms worn by Frances Kadish during her career at Mount Sinai Hosptial in Chicago, Ill. The uniforms are made of denim and include a hat, collar and apron. One uniform has a Mount Sinai crest on the sleeve. The photographs include a copy of Frances Kadish in her nursing uniform, possibly a graduation photo, as well as a copy photograph of an original painting of Frances in her uniform, and a third negative of Frances with her husband and two sons in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. The accesion also consists of one composition book from nursing school in Chicago.
The records were in the custory of Sid Kadish, the son of Frances Atkins, until they were donated to the archives on September 3, 2010.
Frances Kadish (nee Atkins) was born in 1903 in Toronto to Henry and Sarah Atkins. She was one of seven children raised on Gerrard Street where her parents owned a candy shop. In the early 1920s, Frances moved to Chicago to attend nursing school at Mount Sinai Hospital. She graduated in the spring of 1927 and that autumn married Hyman "Kay" Kadish in Chicago on 26 September 1927. The couple immediately relocated to Toronto where they were remarried in a traditional Jewish ceremony at the urging of Frances' mother. Frances and Kay had three children: Joseph (b. 17 Aug. 1928, Toronto), Marion (b. 6 Dec. 1929, Hamilton) and Sid (b. 21 June 1934, Kirkland Lake).
Kay went on to work with Thuna herbalists, first in Toronto and then in Hamilton, while Frances briefly worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto from late 1927 to 1928. The couple later moved to Kirkland Lake in the early 1930s where they remained until moving to Barrie in the 1960s. Following the death of her husband in 1968, Frances relocated with her son Sid and his family to Guleph in 1971 and then to Burlington in 1984.
Throughout her life, Frances was very active in various hospital ladies' auxiliaries, setting up library carts in both the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and St. Joseph's Hospital in Guelph. She passed away on 21 March 1988 in Dundas, Ontario at the age of 85.