Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island
old sepia photos

Dr. Arthur Clarendon Wright, courtesy of Ann
Dr. Arthur Clarendon Wright
World War I
In the early days of World War I, soldiers who became fatigued, exhausted, anxiety-ridden or who cracked under pressure were seen as weak or as malingerers, cowards or deserters. As the war progressed, the United States became more lenient and started to understand these men were suffering from mental or emotional distress and were "shell shocked." Some of these returning soldiers were sent to New York General Hospital #1, Ward #54 for treatment and care. Dr. Wright was a physician assigned to work with these returning soldiers.

Genealogical Services

Island County Lookups

Some members of GSSWI will provide individual research on request. Services may include taking photos in cemeteries, finding newspaper articles and researching local histories. Queries concerning Island County may be sent to our email at or mailed to

PO Box 1024
Freeland, WA 98249-1024

Donations to GSSWI will be gratefully accepted.

Researchers can also check Island County Lookup Volunteers on the Island County Genweb website.

hospital parade, courtesy of Ann
New York General Hospital #1
Parade with patients of the hospital participating about 1919