History of the Sanatorium: May 13 1908

Newspaper article

Published the week following the announcement that the Indiana State Sanatorium site had been chosen. The final part of the article is missing a portion at this time.

Newspaper: Tribune
Published: May 13 1908

INSPECTION BY COMMISSION

First Work of the Tuberculosis Hospital Commission Accomplished.

Dr. Henry Moore, president of the Indiana Tuberculosis hospital commission; J. N. Babcock, treasurer: W. S. Holman and Isaac R. Strouse were in conference last Thursday and Friday in Rockville, and made two trips to the site on Little Raccoon. The first trip was made Thursday morning when the creek was at the highest stage known since the flood of 1884. It was the purpose of the commission to view the various places where the power house might be located, to ascertain the points safe from overflow. As the power house will be located in the lower land, near the creek, it is important that the site chosen for it shall be above high water.

The first trip was made Thursday morning when the creek was at the highest stage known since the flood of 1884.

Tribune May 13 1908

Before going to the site a conference was held with the Rockville town council to discuss the “water problem” here. It was not the purpose of the commission to enter into any agreement with the town, but to have an informal talk over possible plans for furnishing a water supply for both the town and hospital. It is thought by both boards that every advantageous co-operative arrangement might be made. Dick H. Ott, president of the town council, accompanied the commission to the site and went over the topographical station.

All Thursday afternoon was devoted to discussing plans for a water supply. C. J. Cassidy of Bellmore and Elbert Collings, of Waveland, made propositions for drilling a well and testing it for twenty-four hours, Robert Berry, of Lexington, Virginia, a civil engineer, was also called in to talk over making a survey and plat of the land. Friday morning the commission, accompanied by Frank E. Strouse, and Frank Adams visited the site again. All of the points of vantage, with reference to the location of buildings, were considered. Estimates of distances were made, possibilities for landscape gardening were discussed, driveways, cottage and tent sites and everything that might be desired, and reference to the hospital were fully ascertained. When this was done the commission stopped at the residence of Frank Kent, where a lunch was served on the veranda. With plenty of fresh milk and good coffee, kindly furnished by Mrs. Kent, to supplement that which they had brought with them, the members enjoyed a hearty meal.

It was not the purpose of the commission to enter into a contract for drilling the well at this time, but as the members were leaving the site for Rockville, C. J. Cassidy happened to drive along. He was accosted and asked to make a definite proposition on the work. This was done, and before leaving for Indianapolis the secretary was instructed to employ Mr. Cassidy to drill a seven inch well and to test it for twenty-four hours. The well will be located at a point between Sand Creek and Little Raccoon, on the Adams land, the place to be designated by Frank E. Strouse, and the work to be done forth with.

Messars. Moore, Babcock and Holman then took the train for Indianapolis to hold a conference with Dr. J. N. Hurty. secretary of the State board of health, and to inform him of the nature of the ground here. It is probable that Dr. Hurty will make a trip to the site as soon as the State takes possession.

The secretary of the commission received a letter Saturday morning from Mr. Babcock, stating that Dr. Hurty had approved the proposed location of the buildings and will come to the site when the well is tested. Dr. Hurty expects to bring with him Prof. Sackett, of Purdue, who will give the commission information concerning the transmission of heat from the power house to the main building, and also advise the members on the question of getting the best results in land scape gardening.

No doubt now remains in the mind of any member of the commission as to the natural beauty of the site selected. 

Tribune May 13 1908

No doubt now remains in the mind of any member of the commission as to the natural beauty of the site selected.  Mr. Holman, who had not seen the place when the foliage was out, was delighted at the prospect. One thing that impressed the members who walked over the building site last Friday was that they went “dry shod” over every foot of the ground, although for two weeks rain had been falling incessantly.

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