Aenard (Ann) Compton was born
and raised in Allen, Texas, and studied at Baylor University. She became a teacher, working in the Allen and
Amarillo Public Schools. When the United States entered the war in Europe in 1918 she quit her job as a high
school principal in Texas City, Texas, and volunteered as a nurse for the
Army. That same year a world-wide influenza pandemic killed more people
than the war itself, including thousands of American soldiers. At 28 years
of age, while
working in a US Army hospital in Washington DC, Ann contracted and survived
the flu, but died from pneumonia shortly after. She is buried in the Allen
Baylor Roundup 1910. (Her name is mespelled)
Aernard's grave in the Compton Family plot ...
... Allen Cemetery.
According to the Handbook of Texas Online - More than a third of the total deaths
occurred inside the United States, many of them as a result of the
influenza epidemic of 1918. Aenard Compton is listed on the Baylor University website's Military
Memorial page as having died in the service of our country.
These two articles came from the McKinney Courier Gazette archives
at the McKinney Library:
(two corrections- She was born in 1890, and was 28 when she died.)
McKinney Courier Gazette
Oct. 7, 1918
ALLEN YOUNG LADY
DEAD OF PNEUMONIA
MISS AENARD COMPTON RECENTLY
VOLUNTEERED IN NURSES DIVISION OF ARMY
Miss Aenard Compton, aged 22 years, died at
Washing D. C. Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, according to a message
received by her father, Dr. H. H. Compton, of Allen. She was the eldest
daughter of Dr. Compton and had gone to Washington about one month ago as
a volunteer nurse in the hospital division.
She was formerly a teacher in the Allen public school. She taught last
year at Amarillo.
Her death resulted from pneumonia which followed an attack of influenza.
McKinney Courier Gazette
FUNERAL OF YOUNG LADY
HELD AT ALLEN
MISS AENARD COMPTON DIED IN
REMAINS SHIPPED TO HOME
The remains of Miss Aenard Compton, who died
on Sunday, October 6, at Washington DC arrived in Allen Thursday and were
rendered by the J. P. Crouch & Co. undertakers of McKinney, who had charge
of the funeral arrangements.
The funeral was held at Allen at 10 o’clock this morning. Dr. E. E. King
of this city went down to assist in conducting the services.
The deceased young lady was born July 5, 1891 at Allen and was the
daughter of H.H. Compton and wife. Her mother has been dead several years.
She professed religion in early childhood under the preaching of the Rev.
Sid Williams. She joined the Baptist Church and was all that consistency,
devotion and conservation could express. She received her education at
Huntsville and Baylor University. She taught in the Allen High School
several years and the last three years at Amarillo public schools. She
resigned a lucrative position at Texas City as principal of its high
school to accept a place in the nurses’ division of the army at
She had the spirit of patriotism and wanted to "do her bit." She gave her
life for her country just as willingly and courageously as the boys who
meet the enemy and fall on the battlefield.
She was an obedient daughter and a loyal friend.
The following article
was written for the ALLEN IMAGE by TOM KEENER, Cultural Arts
Coordinator for the Allen Public Library.
John Floyd and Ann Compton Died in Service to Our Country
John Floyd and Aenard (Ann) Compton are two Allen war heroes.
Ann Compton is the only Allen woman who died during wartime
military service. The daughter of Dr. H.H. and Mary Compton and
sister of Vivian Compton, a long time Allen teacher, Ann is
buried at the historic Allen Cemetery in the Compton family
plot. The McKinney Courier Daily Gazette indicated that she was
serving as a nurse at a hospital in Washington D.C., which is
where she died. A few weeks before the armistice was signed, she
contracted the influenza virus. The Compton family was notified
of Ann’s death by telegram.
A bronze plaque containing her name along with other students
who died during World War I adorns the Baylor University campus.
Frank Jacek of Baylor University researched the school’s
annuals, discovering her picture in the 1910 Baylor Round Up.
This is Ann’s only known surviving picture. At Baylor, she
studied Greek, French, Latin, History of Zoology, Biology,
Botany, Physiology, and Pedagogy (teaching methods). She
attended Baylor from Fall 1907 to Spring 1911 and later taught
in Allen and Amarillo. Before becoming a U.S Army nurse, she was
serving as a principal in Texas City. Her obituary states, “she
wanted to do her bit. She gave her life as willingly as the boys
who meet the enemy and fall on the battlefield”.
First Baptist Church of Allen records indicate that Ann
Compton died during World War One, but no other information was
available. Recently I discovered her tombstone at the Allen
Cemetery, thus I was provided previously unknown birth and death
dates. This information facilitated locating her obituary that
contained additional pertinent information. Previously
forgotten, Aenard (Ann) Compton is now recognized as an Allen
SOLDIERS of the WOODEN CROSS:
at BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
By Frank Jasek
A treasure that
chronicles the lives and legacies of Baylor Alumni whose names
appear on the Civil War memorial,
World War One memorial and
the memorial lampposts around the Baylor University campus,
including Ann Compton.
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