From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Lane, Ida N. Carter Johnson Wallace

(born: August 28, 1903  -  died: February 9, 1990) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

March 11, 1943

Active Duty Exit

August 20, 1944


Ida N. Carter was born in Paris, KY, the daughter of Kate Todd and Levi Carter. The family is enumerated in the 1910 U.S. Census when they were living in Hutchison, KY. Ida's mother had remarried when the 1920 U.S. Census was taken, listing her as Kate Morton. The family was still living in Hutchison.

In the 1920s Ida moved to Lexington, KY and was soon married. She and John W. Johnson went to Cleveland, OH, where they were married at his parents' home on December 24, 1925. The marriage was announced in the Lexington Leader in January 1926.

The following year, Ida served as secretary for the Willing Workers Club that was established at Evergreen Baptist Church in 1927. Rev. W. M. Bell was the pastor; Wood Wallace served as treasurer for the club. Six years later, in 1933, Wood M. Wallace and Ida N. Carter were married. Wood was a delivery truck driver and Ida was a spotter at Young's Dry Cleaning in Lexington.

Ida and Wood Wallace were seperated when  she enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH in 1943, according to her record in National Archives, Access to Archival Databases. She was to report for active duty at the 3rd WAC Training Center at Fort Oglethorpe, GA, according to the newspaper report; however,  she went to Fort Des Moines, IA for her basic training. In 1944 she was named among the 153 WACs from Kentucky.

When Ida Wallace returned to Lexington after her military service, she went back to her job as a spotter at the dry cleaner business. She is listed in the 1945-1948 Lexington city directories. She continued to be separated from her husband Wood, who died in 1954. Ida would leave Lexington. She married William R. Lane and lived in Indianapolis, IN and employed as a clerk in the Army Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison. She died in 1990 and is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery.

Sources: "As we go marching on...: Three Lexington women," The Lexington Herald, 3/24/1943, p. 9; "Colored Notes: Mrs. Ida C. Wallace," Sunday Herald-Leader, 3/28/1943, p. 14; "Wac anniversary finds 153 central Kentuckians serving," Sunday Herald-Leader, 5/14/1944, p. 10; Ida C. Wallace on p. 332 in Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory, 1943-44; "Colored Notes: The Willing Workers Club," The Lexington Leader, 3/4/1927, p. 19; "Colored Notes: Wood M. Wallace and Miss Ida N. Carter," The Lexington Leader, 1/23/1933, p. 12; Wood M. Wallace's Kentucky Death Certificate File #116 54 88?6, Registrar's #94 (Ancestry); Indiana Death Certificate, Local #001136, State #90-006407 (Ancestry); Ohio County Marriage Records, Application #208024 (Ancestry); "Obituaries: Ida Lane," The Indianapolis News, 2/15/1990, p. D2; and "Colored Notes: Mrs. Virginia Whiting announces ...," The Lexington Leader, 1/3/1926, p. 11.

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