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Karamanos, Rigas Evangelos - 2015
Keller, Wilfred Arthur (Wilf) - 2017
Kennedy, Alex - 2014
Kennedy, Peter Hugh - 1978
Kilcher, Mark - 2003
Kilden, Marie - 1985
Kimber, Clement James - 1978
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Knowles, Robert Patrick - 2006
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Koch, Alanna Lee - 2011
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PortraitMarie Kilden

Marie Kilden, nurse and matron at Saskatchewan Red Cross Outpost Hospitals during the period from 1919 to 1951, was born on April 14, 1897, at Ostby, Trysil, Norway. She came to Canada in 1907 with her parents who homesteaded in the Domremy district.

She graduated as a registered nurse from the Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert in 1919. During her training period in 1918 the terrible ëflu epidemic struck and the hospital soon filled to overflowing. Despite long hours and valiant efforts by the staff, including Marie, the death toll was high.

Following the First World War many veterans were settled on new lands in wilderness areas where health services were non-existent. The Canadian Red Cross established what it called Outpost Nursing Stations to provide medical and first aid services to people in these isolated communities. Marie Kilden worked from 1919 to 1951 at various Red Cross outpost stations providing health care to pioneers.

Pioneer families in the districts around Bjorkdale, Cut Knife, Rabbit Lake, Carragana, Arborfield, Big River and Loverna had reason to be grateful for medical aid provided by this dedicated nurse. Doctors only came to the outpost for periodic clinics and Marie Kilden was expected to provide a full line of support medical services by herself between these infrequent visits.

She delivered hundreds of babies and counselled their mothers. She dealt with disease, injuries and even gunshot wounds. Those needing operations were assisted to the nearest hospital. She aided many a doctor in conducting operations in homes and outpost hospitals and on one occasion with lighting provided by automobile headlights.

When the Red Cross closed its outpost stations in 1951, Marie Kilden moved to the Wakaw Union Hospital where she was a nurse and matron until her retirement in 1962.

Marie Kilden received honors and tributes for her work in bringing much-needed medical services to districts being opened up for agriculture. A citation from the Cut Knife community commended her skill, thoughtfulness and dedicated service. She received a scroll from the Canadian Red Cross for 30 years of service and an honorary life membership in the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. Recognizing her value to the communities served, a group of seven Homemakersí clubs in Northeast Saskatchewan in 1953 named their new district organization " the Marie Kilden Homemakersí District, " later known as the Marie Kilden District Womenís Institute.

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