Awhile back, Engineer Jim asked me what I knew about the old Deaconess Hospital, and I had to admit that I knew very little. When I found myself with some spare time in my schedule, I delved into researching how our local hospitals were established. I want to give a huge shout of thanks to the folks at Salem Health, especially Sherryll Hoar, who generously allowed me full access to their archives and photographs. I was having difficulty corroborating some of the stories I'd discovered, and they provided me so much information that we found it necessary to carry over into a second episode! We hope we didn't overwhelm you, our listeners, with so much information that your ears were ringing!
The photo posted above depicts our earliest hospital, Salem (City) Hospital, established in 1896 in the former blind school at 204 12th Street NE, near the Thomas Kay woolen mill in hopes of enticing Willamette University's School of Medicine back from Portland. It was managed by Mrs. J.J. Murphy, the wife of the clerk of the Supreme Court.