July 23, 1895 – While traveling aboard the Westernland, the first three missioned sisters became acquainted with Mrs. M. H. Wiltzius, a Milwaukee-area resident. Mrs. Wiltzius’ name was the first to appear on Sister Raphaela’s ledger that documented the many patients the sisters would care for during their time as home-nursing sisters. Most of the patients were not Catholic and many could not afford to pay a stipend. The ledger lists the name of each patient, address, parish, illness, the nursing sister’s name, and payment received for services.
An excerpt from the ledger reads as follows:
- Mrs. M. H Wiltzius, 2026 Cold Spring Avenue, cared for from July 23 to August 10, day and night. 21 years old—abdominal surgery, nurse Sister Raphaela: salary, $25.00
- Miss Babette Gatscher, 18 years old, 740 Milwaukee Street, St. Mary’s Parish, cared for from August 19 to September 14, day and night; illness: pneumonia; nurse Sister Walburga: salary, $13.00
- Three and one-half year old daughter of Mr. William Gift, 1417 State Street. Protestant family, cared for one night; illness, peritonitis; nurse Sister Agnes; salary, none (the child died)
- Mr. Riedy, 334 17th Avenue, St. Martin’s Parish, Lutheran, cared for from September 21 to October 15, 1895, nights; German Protestant; illness: typhus; nurse Sister Agnes: salary, none.