Kanawha Valley, Charleston
Class of 1923

Submitted by Debi (Casto) Sanders, niece.
(November 2003)

     A couple of years ago my 92 year old grandmother died - Minnie (Bostic) Casto. She never talked much about her family, which for someone researching their genealogy was frustrating. A couple weeks before she passed away, I had the opportunity to spend the day with her. She was extremely lucid that day and I received a wealth of information.
     She spoke of her sister, Nellie Mae Bostic, who died of TB at the age of 27. She told me that she was a nurse. The story about Nellie was that she was hired to care for the son of O. J. Morrison the department store king of WV. She was not told of what the boy had, which was TB. The boy died and Nellie contracted the disease and went to a hospital. There she met John F. Kidd, also suffering from TB, and they were married. Nellie died 4 years after becoming a nurse. The family always blamed her death on the Morrisons for not telling Nellie of the boy's illness.
     I had never verified that Nellie was a registered nurse before. This site shows her being registered in 1923 which goes along with my grandmother's recollections.
     Nellie and Minnie were the daughters of John Otey Bostic and Ella Susan Lane.