Ransom (nee McLeod), Elsie “Rannie” (1896-2000)

  • See Oral History files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8

Elsie was born in a log house on a ranch south of Kamloops.  She graduated from St. Paul’s School of Nursing in 1927 and spent the next six years working at the Mayo General Hospital in the Yukon.  She started to work at the Tranquille TB sanatorium in 1933, where she was supervisor on the second floor until its closure in 1958.  She then transferred to the TB unit of the Provincial Mental Hospital at Essondale until her retirement in 1961.

After retirement, she continued private duty nursing at the Royal Inland Hospital.  She later purchased a home on Little Shuswap Lake, then lived with her son in Williams Lake.  In 1999, at the age of 95, she was made honorary parade marshal for the Williams Lake Stampede Parade.  She was an avid sports fan, enjoyed making bread and preserves, and was skilled in handicrafts.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile and photocopied photograph.
  2. Nomination for the RNABC Memorial Book with photograph.
  3. Two supporting letters from Glennis Zilm and Blanche Hanes, November 5, 2001 and January 29, 2002.
  4. Correspondence from Ella Nicholson to Glennis Zilm, n.d..
  5. Letter from Ransom’s daughter to Ella Nicholson
  6. Poem, “Tranquille Sanitorium”
  7. “Stampede Parade Marshal Elsie Ransom Passes at 104”, The Williams Lake Tribune, October 24, 2000, p. C3.
  8. Biographical notes by Corine Erikson, St. Eugene School of Nursing.
  9. “A Brief History” [Biographical Notes]
  10. Photograph