History of the Sanatorium: June 10 1908

Newspaper Article

Newspaper: Tribune
Published: June 10 1908

GOVERNOR APPROVES SITE

Conditions Fully Met-Purchase Soon to be Made

” The Tuberculosis hospital commission, in conference with Governor Hanly, transacted all business necessary before entering its record for the purchase of the Little Raccoon site. The Vandalia railroad, by Superintendent Worthington, submitted a proposition to construct 2,500 feet of sidetrack leading from its line at Sand Creek station to the site, provided the right-of-way was given for the switch. The State is to construct the remainder of the switch.

The question of water supply, which has vexed a number of the State institutions, was satisfactorily settled. H E. Bernard, State chemist, who had Inspected the well and surroundings, and made an analysis of the water, submitted a report covering the entire ground. The report takes in the geological formation of Little Raccoon valley, and comprises four typewritten pages. As it is of much local interest at this time, The Tribune will print the report in full. Dr. Bernard says in the report that the water supply is inexhaustible, and while it is considerably impregnated with iron, it is exceptionally pure. Dr. Theodore Potter, the eminent tuberculosis specialist, with Dr. Bernard, accompanied the commission to the Governor’s office, and gave an opinion that the water would not be detrimental in the treatment of consumption.

After hearing the report of all that had been done, Governor Hanly said that he would approve the site as soon as deeds and abstracts of the various tracts were presented. He ordered the one tract–that of William and Charles Bulion of forty-four acres to be condemned, as the price asked considered unreasonable. The commission is highly pleased that of the entire 510 acres, all but one small tract has been contracted for without any unpleasant proceedings. When the three appraisers appointed by the court have filed their report, the State can assume its ownership of the contested land and close out the whole deal. Either party can appeal, but the State gets possession on the basis of the first finding of the viewers. So it can now be said that the purchase and payment will not be delayed. It can probably be accomplished in a few days.

“Governor Hanly … ordered the one tract–that of William and Charles Bulion of forty-four acres to be condemned, as the price asked considered unreasonable.

Rockville Tribune 1908

The following land owners are interested financially:
                                              Acres
Edgar Adams……………………130
John Adams. …………………….80
Gray Connelly ………………….126
James H Myers………………….39
Theodore Jessup……………….49
Claude Kent. ……………………..41
William and Charles Bulion…44 “

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