The Hamilton Sanitarium had its origin in the home of
Dr. D. B. Beach which was formerly the home of the late Dr. McMordie, in
the year 1921. Dr. C. E. Chandler and Dr. Beach were on the staff. In the
spring of 1922 eight rooms were added to the building which made a total
of 16 rooms. Dr. C. C. Cleveland was added to the staff in May, 1922.
H. L. Applewhite was on the staff for ten months in 1923.
The building in which the Sanitarium now operates was
erected in 1924. The charter was granted to Chandler, Beach, and
Cleveland, School of Nursing was started the same year.
The operating room is equipped with a gas machine for
administering of Anesthetics. Miss Goerdel, an experienced anesthetist is
now taking post-graduate work in anesthetics at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
The ex-ray room is equipped with the best machines made and the fluoroscope
and violet ray equipment is modern in all respects.
The laboratory work is handled by Dr. A. C. Bennett who
became a member of the staff in 1933.
Other doctors who have been associated with the
Sanitarium from time to time are Dr. W. W. Beach and Dr. Fred Lorentz,
1925; Dr. J. W. Green, 1927-1929; Dr. C. H. Frank, 1928; Dr. W. M. Cole,
The first class of nurses were graduated in 1926. The
members of the class were: Annie Shave, May Derrick, Ethel Haynes, Hattie
Kopp, Esther Voelter. The exercises were conducted in the Methodist
church. In that same year in December the Hamilton Sanitarium was
incorporated with the following as directors: C. E. Chandler, D. B. Beach,
C. C. Cleveland, A. R. Eidson, J. M. Williams, and Ed Perry. Other nurses
who have graduated are Ethel Stowe and Emma Hale, 1927; Gertrude Reiwe,
Elsie Miller, Matilda Voelter, and Opphelia Knorzer, Lizzie Etta Loeffler
and Dora Smith, 1929; Velma Spivey, Emma Swartz, and Myrtle Harris in
1930; Era Smith Esther Leitko, Creola Trimble, Elizabeth Nichols, and
Pauline Goerdel, 1931; Clara Goodwin, 1934.
Jack W. Walker [Jack
Winfield Walker] became business manager of the hospital
in January, 1934.
The Hamilton County News, Vol. IV, Number
Historical and Trading Expansion Issue
W. F. Billingslea, Editor-Publisher
Subscription Price ONE YEAR ..$1.00
June 29, 1934