History of the Sanatorium: Aug 19 1908

Tribune Aug 19 1908

Newspaper: Tribune
Published: Aug 19 1908

Pleased With Hospital Site – Indianapolis News

” Dr. J. N. Hurty, secretary of the State Board of Health, has returned from Parke county, where he visited the site for the new tuberculosis hospital He is enthusiastic over what he saw. 

“I regard the site an almost ideal” he said. About one-third of the 500 acres is woodland, another one-third is rolling pasture land and the remaining one-third is bottom land. Raccoon Creek flows through the western edge of the reservation. This is an unfailing stream of beautiful, clear water. Conditions exist for making a fresh water lake of considerable size. The ground water supply is good and abundant as shown by a well especially driven and by the examination of other wells in the neighborhood. The commission did wisely in selecting the Parke county site. It may not be as accessible as might be desired but this is not a condemning condition. Rockville can be reached in a little bit more than two hours from Indianapolis

“About one-third of the 500 acres is woodland, another one-third is rolling pasture land and the remaining one-third is bottom land.”

Tribune August 19 1908

The doctor thinks that it would be good business and true economy for the General Assembly to make a healthy appropriation for the new institution. He said:

“I think the appropriation for the necessary building and supplies should not be less than $300,000. An act appropriating this sum would be a good piece of business and a decided economy. Unlike the insane and the feeble minded, a large proportion of consumptives are returned to health, cured and strong, and more than this, content to teach others how not to have consumption and other diseases. For fear that some might think that the expenditure of this sum is not warranted, I will say that if one one-hundredth as many lives were lost through poisoning with arsenic as are lost through the poison of consumption, the people would not hesitate at any expense to combat it. There is no economy like that of protecting and furthering the public health.” “

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