DORA MARSHALL ATKINS
Dora was born in Carthage, AR, to
H.L. and Nancy Marshall. From a very young age, Dora wanted to
be a nurse. She graduated from St. Vincent's Infirmary nursing
school in Little Rock, AR and served in the US Cadet Nurses Corps,
a World War II program to provide nursing services to the U.S.
military forces, serving as a Cadet in Texas and Las Vegas, NM
where she eventually became the Supervisor of Nursing at the
New Mexico State Hospital.
In Las Vegas, Dora met and married a young cowboy, Albert John
Atkins, Jr and were married for 68 years. Moving to Taos, NM,
in 1962, Dora worked at Holy Cross Hospital and Pond Clinic in
Taos before she became the senior nurse at the Taos County Public
Health field office, a job she enjoyed until retirement in 1983.
After retirement, Dora was a volunteer for over 20 years with
the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary, was a docent at Millicent
Rodgers Museum, and she and John were members of the Taos Historical
Society, for which Dora was the Treasurer, for many years. Dora
was a long-standing member of the Chicot Trace Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of Ranchos
de Taos Presbyterian Church. Dora was a talented quilter, gardener,
seamstress, wood carver, and cook. She loved her home in Talpa,
and her community of friends and neighbors. Most of all, Dora
loved her family. She was a wonderful, loving mother and Mema,
to her children, granddaughters and great-grandchildren.
JACK K. BOYER
JACK BOYER made his mark as a preservationist
primarily through his work as Executive Director of the Kit Carson
Born at the small New Mexico mining town of Van Houten, he moved
to Taos with his family at the age of 9. He saw and lived much
of Taos history. He witnessed the disastrous fires on Taos Plaza
in the 1930s, and responded by helping organize the Taos Volunteer
Fire Department. When the country went to war in 1940, he served
with the New Mexico National Guard's 200th Coast Artillery, antiaircraft.
His story--and that of other Taoseños who endured the
hardships of Bataan and the Japanese POW camps--is told in the
Fall 1988 issue of Ayer y Hoy.
Following a medical discharge from the service, Boyer returned
home to Taos. He soon after became involved in preservation of
the Kit Carson home, a property of the Bent Lodge of Taos. It
was the beginning of a 34-year career as the keeper of Taos historic
Boyer was a charter member of the Taos County Historical Society
and served as Treasurer for several years. He was honored by
the local society and was presented the Board of Directors award
of the Historical Society of New Mexico.
HELEN G. BLUMENSCHEIN
Helen Blumenschein was founding President
of the Taos County Historical Society, a long-time board member,
and a lifelong active member of the society.
Helen had a rich heritage in Taos history. She was the daughter
of early Taos artists Ernest and Mary Greene Blumenschein and
she moved with them to Taos in 1919. She grew up on Ledoux Street,
near the home of Burt and Lucy Harwood, and witnessed the inception
and development of the Harwood Foundation. She was a member of
Taos first ski club, a forerunner to the modern ski industry.
She served her country in World War II as a member of the Womens
Ms. Blumenschein had an enduring interest in the archeology and
History of New Mexico and the Taos Valley. She Particpated in
numerous digs and carried out varied historical researches, publishing
some of her findings in the El Palacio Magazine of the Museum
of New Mexico. She also researched and published on old trails
of the Taos area. As President of the TCHS, she published an
occasional history letter to the membership. An artist,
she did portraits of many notable Taoseños; many of the
images are included in her Sounds and Sights of the Taos Valley.
She gave her parents home on Ledoux Street to the Kit Carson