Eleanor Jenkins

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I was born in Philadelphia the fourth generation to live in the same house. My grandmother was born in Boston so we had Baked Beans every Saturday night which my mother spent all day "basting". I had one brother, who served in the Navy during WWII in the anti submarine fleet on the Atlantic Ocean. I attended Philadelphia schools, and graduated from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School in 1950. After working a couple of years I went back to the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Degree in Nursing Education.

I taught Medical Surgical Nursing for many years at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. Later taught at two other institutions. In my retirement years I spent 13 years back at HUP as a travel nurse. This meant giving advice and shots to anyone who was going overseas. I have edited my School of Nursing Alumni Association's Newsletter for almost 15 years. I took a course a couple of years ago on "how to write your life story". I am still working on my "book". I retired again at the age of 70 in the year 2000.

I met my husband to be in 1956 just as I was finishing up at Penn and we were married the following year. We enjoyed the out of doors camping, canoeing and back packing. We hiked in the Rocky Mountain National park as one of the highlights of our back packing experiences. Al, my husband, died while white water canoeing in 1986.

We had two daughters and I now have also two wonderful sons in law and two great grandsons Elaine lives just 15 minutes away with Mike, Alex and Peter and of course Karen and Steve are the proud resident of Melrose. Karen and I and her dog Russel have walked over many of the streets of Melrose.

In addition to my professional career, I have accumulated 40 years as a Girl Scout Volunteer. For ten years I led a Junior Girl Scout Troop. I was the camp nurse for ten years. I was a trainer for camping and back packing skills and led many junior and cadette troops other than my own on backpacking experiences. At present I am camping consultant in my local girl scout area and am a member of the Girl Scout Archives Committee.

October 11, 2005


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id 11346 Eleanor Jenkins BIO.-History - October 11, 2005
id 8965 Discover America..in Melrose Mass.- Random Thoughts -April 2, 2004
id 10160 Small World but it all looks the same - Letters To - December 2, 2004
id 10439 Symphony's fun, Hupper's great, Blizzards are running - Letters To - Feb 2005
id 10679 Philly Stringer and Daughter visit Virginia - Travel - June 3, 2005
id 11491 Halloween -- a good time to meet neighbors - Random Thoughts - November 4, 2005
id 11346 Christmas visit -- Features 1/6/06
id 11628 Winter wonderland in Melrose -- Features 2/3/06
id 11699 My doll house -- Features 2/3/06
id 11826 Diamond in the gruff -- Letters to 3/3/06
id 11968 Does anyone know how to upper? -- Random thoughts 5/3/06
id 11969 My friends in scouting -- Feature 6/2/06
id 12036 On buying a digital camera -- Photogravure 8/4/06
id 12907 What do you clip? -- Random Thoughts 12/1/06
id 13081 Favorite Christmas present -- Features 1/5/07
id 12908 Let's have another cup'o coffee -- Random Thoughts 2/2/07
id 13314 Another local canine -- Feature 5/4/07
id 13649 Memories of summers past -- Features 7/6/07
id 13726 What did you say? -- Random Thoughts 8/3/07
id 14594 An interview with a new resident of Melrose --Features 2/1/08
id 14709 Jenkins family re-visits Philly flower show --Features 4/4/08
id 14939 Summer time and living ain't exactly easy --Random Thoughts 7/4/08
id 15177 What to do in a heat wave --Random Thoughts 9/3/08
id 15314 The magic of music --Random Thoughts 10/3/08
id 15393 Turkey memories --Random Thoughts 11/7/08
id 15612 Moving on --Random Thoughts 3/6/09
id 15979 A sailor's tale --World War II 7/3/09
id 15617 Now I can reminisce --Random Thoughts 8/7/09
id 16213 Zeke meets Melrose --Random Thoughts 10/2/09
id 16214 Do you dial your phone? --Random Thoughts 10/2/09
id 16221 Introducing Zeke --Features 11/6/09
id 16444 How will I get there? --Random Thoughts 1/1/10
id 16464 I was back in Melose --Features 1/1/10
id 16510A labor of love --WWII 2/5/10
id 16590 Irish Nights --Storms 3/5/10
id 16836 Ahead of her time -- Random Thoughts 5/7/10
id 16956 My rambling thoughts at dawn --Features 9/3/10
id 18002 Remembering Mother --Random Thoughts 5/6/11
id 17918 Massachusetts dictionary, please --Random Thoughts 6/3/11