September 1st, 1942 – Tuesday

This is the day I have been thinking about for three months.  I am unafraid although I know there must be pain and discomfort ahead.  I am one of God’s children and I am in His care.  I know He will keep me.  I have just read Romans 8:14-18 Paul writes to assure us.  G.R. McKeon in U.R. today lesson says “being children of God means an assured place in the protection & providence of God.  Man, as a a child of the most High, is loved & watched over by the Father & need never be afraid or without hope.”  This – the first time I will have had to undergo the knife.  Until today my body is whole.

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August 1942

August 1, 1942 – Saturday
I awoke this am with something happy to look forward to.  Julian has written that he is coming up to see me.  I expected him at 4 o’clock but just after I awoke and had a telegram handed me saying he would be here before 8 pm.  His train was late – 9 o’clock came and our lights were out and we were all settled for the night.  At 9:30 the night supervisor came in & asked for me.  Said my husband wanted to speak to me for  a few minutes.  The doctor had given permission.  She rolled me into room & I saw him for five minutes.  It was such a joy to see him again.  He is a good pol?. Has always done the very best he could for me & our children. I do want to be able to go back & make him comfortable and happy again.

August 2, 1942 – Sunday
Had a good rest.  Slept through till 7:30.  Got dressed and all ready to see Julian at 10; He was here pretty soon and we had a real happy 2 hours together.  He ate dinner here, but I couldn’t see him any more until 4:00 when he came back for an hour.  There were so many things to talk about and the hour went so fast.  We had to say goodbye.  He left at 7 pm.  He brought me a writing case for my materials a watch and several other smaller things  When everything runs smoothly we are so prone to take each other & everything for granted.  I wonder if I was that way before I had to go to bed & be separated from Julian and the children  Now I know we should make every day count, showing our love & appreciation to those we love & others.

 August 3, 1942 – Monday
The night was the hottest we have had and I was restless, but had a fair night of sleep then.  Felt happy thinking of yesterday & the pleasure of having Julian here.  Crocheted on my shoes a little, read over the Sunday papers and at quiet time I read my U.R. & scripture lesson Heb. 10:32-36.  The text “Many long for a sight of prosperous days.”  Psa. 4:6. So many of us think of prosperity as of material gain.  Jno asked for Gaius! “That those mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” One learns as one grows older and observes that without a healthy soul, prosperity means nothing.  Had my second try to bathroom this am.  My legs are rather wobbly but I am getting stronger with each try.

 August 4, 1942 – Tuesday
Rained most of the night & turned cooler.  I slept good.  Had a good breakfast and a walk to toilet & felt a little stronger than yesterday.  Got out white wool Catherine sent me & started a white toy doggie looks just like Junie.  I’ll send it either to Anne & Catherine.   The scripture lesson I feel I can apply now.  The thought for lessons for several days is “A Christian’s Attitude” – Reference Rom. 8:35-39.  Text “We glory in tribulations.”  Tribulations help us to prove just what stuff we are composed of.  If the staff is right, we come thro’ rejoicing.  My “hubby” left an order at florist for me to have flowers once a week & I rec’d my first bouquet this p.m.  Roses & gladiola.  I think he was sweet to want me to have them.  I couldn’t ask him to be better.  

 August 5, 1942 – Wednesday
Last night was nice & cool and I slept so well.  Awoke feeling good.  Had breakfast & a trip to toilet.  My legs are a lot stronger each time as I get in there.  Rearranged my flowers – put fresh water to them.  Gave Mrs. Hazlip, my roommate, the little zinnias.  The weather made me want to clean house. I straightened my writing materials & put them in my new case. Wrote names & addresses in my memo, cleaned out table drawer and wrote a letter to Julian & one to Mary Gayle, saying thank you to them.  At quiet time I read my lesson for the day.  The text from Phil 4:10-20. “For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, there in to be content.” None but a real Christian can do this.  This experience through which I am passing has taught me so much.  I had rededicated my life to Christ several years ago & was trying to live as He directed, but I hadn’t shaken off enough of the world.  I was worried & fearful sometimes.  I am learning to trust Him & be content with whatever state I find myself.  I studied “Payer” & prayed with Spiritual Life Group at O.V. Church at 11:30.

 August 6, 1942 – Thursday
A nice cool morning after a rainy night.  God is good to his children.  When we have such hot weather we feel we can’t stand it any longer, something like this happens & we get a respite.  Did some writing after breakfast.  Had my bath.  Got a letter from Anne & Mr. Harrell.  Anne’s letter so full of news & she seems real happy with Jack.  She is an independent little lady.  I sent her a stamp in my last letter.  She sent it back to me today.  Got wool I ordered to knit Anne’s sweater.  Am anxious to begin it. Read my scripture lesson for the day.  From Gal. 5:22-26.  The meditation mentions Chas. Wesley’s Hymn – the lines “ a sensibility of sin, a pain to feel it near.” The growth of God Consciousness creates in the life of a Christian an affection for things that are true, honorable, just, pure, and of good report, and a revulsion of all evil.”

1.   I want a principle within
    of watchful, godly fear,
    a sensibility of sin,
    a pain to feel it near.
    I want the first approach to feel
    of pride or wrong desire,
    to catch the wandering of my will,
    and quench the kindling fire.

2.    From thee that I no more may stray,
    no more thy goodness grieve,
    grant me the filial awe, I pray,
    the tender conscience give.
    Quick as the apple of an eye,
    O God, my conscience make;
    awake my soul when sin is nigh,
    and keep it still awake.

3.    Almighty God of truth and love,
    to me thy power impart;
    the mountain from my soul remove,
    the hardness from my heart.
    O may the least omission pain
    my reawakened soul,
    and drive me to that blood again,
    which makes the wounded whole.

 August 7, 1942 – Friday
Still real cool.  It rained again last night.  The weather feels like Fall.  After breakfast I took my up – arranged my flowers and got my laundry ready to go out, and back to bed.  Heard from two of my men – Julian and Billy.  They are both well & happy.  Wrote to Billy, Anne & Catherine to be sure they hear from me this week.

 August 8, 1942 – Saturday
Have had pains in my right shoulder since Thursday p.m. & have had tablets to ease the pain twice.  Slept good last night & awoke feeling better, but tonight I feel pretty tough again.  I shall not give over to it.  Tonight I was not asking for tablets.  I shall go to the source of all things and ask for help.  God never fails. I am going through a test.  I want to be strong & true to my faith. Have ben crocheting my shoes today for work.  Read my scripture lesson at quiet time – from Mat. 7:7-14.  It emphasized the fact that we must follow His way daily.  Only as we discipline ourselves and grow in his grace

 August 9, 1942 – Sunday
Still raining this am and cool, but cleared up later in the day.  My shoulder gave me some trouble.  I told Dr. Apperson about it.  He listened to my chest & said I had pleurisy and prescribed something for the pain.  The Supervisor gave me another “trip” beginning today – that makes two a day.  Read my daily lesson from Jno 1:2, 6; 7 and read the rest of 2nd Chap. from”Prayer” and Some First Steps in Meditation from Clear Horizons.  I have decided to waken a little earlier each am for my meditation & prayer.  I want God to have my first waking thots.  God I need Thee.  When the morning crowds the night away and the tasks of waking seize my mind, I need thy poise.

 August 10, 1942 – Monday
Had a very good night.  The weather still nice & cool.  I am taking medicine 3 times a day for my pleurisy.  I think it is helping some.  Had my bath.  Miss Roberts of Culpepper is the nurse who gives me my bath.  She is so cheerful & sweet, conscientious in all her work.  She comes in each am with the greeting, “Good morning Ladies & Gentermons, How you percolating?”Worked on my bedroom shoes & worked crossword puzzles.  My scripture for day was from Jno 15:1-15 “I have called you friends.” Christ’s words to His disciples.

 August 11, 1942 – Tuesday
“There’s nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Shakespeare
A man’s conversation is the mirror of his thoughts. – Lao-tse

 August 12, 1942 – Wednesday
Still cool & rainy.  Such a blessing to those of us who have to be in bed.  I awoke early and read my scripture from Mark 3:13-20 as the occasion when Christ selected his 12 Disciples.  He went into a mountain and called them to himself.  These men were obedient to the call.  True they had ups & downs and at times were even untrue, but they grew into great Christians eventually.  We can each do the same thing if we keep our hearts turned to His voice & will obey.  Finished my shoes & wore them the first time; they look real good.  Crocheted some on luncheon set.  Wrote a letter to May R. & a note to Mrs. Horn sending her some money from W. G. Swartz for “Kaki,” also wrote cards to Mrs. Nichols.

 August 13, 1942 – Thursday
Still cool.  Rains every night as long as it isn’t detrimental to crops I am so glad – so much easier to lie in bed & take the cure.  I awake early and read my scripture of the day from Acts 7:22-29.  The text, “Ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one another?”  We are all children of our Heavenly Father and if we would recognize Him as our Father we would feel differently toward our brothers in every nation.  We, those who are strong, wouldn’t build fences around the choicest lands & tell others to keep out or I’ll shoot.  Christ taught us to share what we have with others.  Another red letter day.  I took my own bath, under shower.   Shortage of nurses was reason, but I feel well enough to that much for myself.  

 August 14, 1942 – Friday
Had a night of rest & refreshment.  The weather has cleared up at last, but is still cool and comfortable.  Had my up after breakfast & arranged my flowers.  Received letter from both daughters and a picture of Jack’s baby – Geo Jackson on the morning mail. He is a lovely baby & I am so glad to have the picture.  Catherine wrote me a lovely long letter.  Anne, dear little girl that she is, wrote a nice one too.  She always tells me she prays for me.  God bless her! I am so glad she does & admits it.  I believe all of the family pray for me.   I know that fact gives me strength.  I wrote Julian, Anne, & Mrs. Singleton.  “Prayer is not a conquering of God’s reluctance, but a laying hold of God’s willingness.” Phillips Brooks

 August 16, 1942 – Sunday
Had a grand rest & sleep last night and awoke feeling good.  Had breakfast and my “up” to go to dressing room, put water in my flowers & rearranged them.  They are still pretty.  Read my scripture from Acts 8:25-40.  The instance where God spoke to Phillip & told him to go to a certain place.  There he found the eunuch from Ethiopia who was reading the word from Eseas (Isaiah) and he needed guidance in understanding the word.  Phillip set him straight & baptized him.  These two men were brot together by being obedient to the prompting of the Spirit.  Had a letter from my baby boy.  He is sweet.  Also had a card from Jess Lowry & a grand newsy letter from Mrs. Moore at Tidewater telling me all the news.  Dr. Ewing came in around noon & told me  my husband had called & sent his love.  I wonder what they talked of.  

 August 17, 1942 – Monday
Rained again last night and the weather was so cool.  Slept real good.  Had my second bath alone.  It seems good to be able to do things for myself again.  Rec’d a pkg from Catherine – linen for my little pillow slips, a letter from Kate & one from Loyce & the Sunday VA Pilot.  So I was busy for a while.   Worked on my pillow cases awhile before dinner.  Am using some tatting Momma made & gave me a long time ago.  Must write & tell her.  Read my scripture before breakfast.

 August 18, 1942
Still cool & rainy and I had a good night – after breakfast I began to write letters.  Wrote to Julian & Catherine.  Had a letter from him & Anne.  Julian had been worried because he didn’t hear from me Sat.  I had written I had pleurisy & he was afraid I was sick & couldn’t write.  God bless him! He is good to me and I love him. I read my scripture from 4th Chap. of Esther and was so absorbed.  I started at Chap 1 & read through the 4th at quiet time.  Esther was brave & true & she saved her people the Jews from destruction.  People were so cruel in those days. I can understand that God our Father had to send His son to show us how to live together since He loved us.

 August 19, 1942 – Wednesday
We had to put one lights out at 8:30 last night.  The entire state of VA was supposed to “black out.”  Pretty soon after lights were out, we began to smell an awful odor – another visit from “The Skunk.” I almost lost my supper.  He certainly has a marvelous weapon for nothing would get near the animal.  I wrote to Jack, Kate, and started one to Judy this am.  Read the rest of the Book of Esther at quiet time.  The Bible is the most interesting book of all books.  Just read something from “Now” 6 part of poems by Amos R. Wells that I want to remember.  

“You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn through a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book–
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude impatient look–
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through!”

 August 20, 1942 – Thursday
An eventful day for me.  I took my shower bath and shampooed my hair for the first time in a long time.  I always had someone else do that for me when well.  I put it up in curls & was all wrapped up in a Turkish towel when they called me to on 1st floor for X-Ray.  Dr. Ewing had just told me my case was discussed before the conference between  Dr. White the Surgeon & our doctors the night before, and if my film showed improvement in right lung over the last one made July 7th, I would finally be called to University Hospital for operation at any time now.  I wrote Julian & Tish.  Had a nice letter from Billy.  He was with his father at the office – hadn’t gotten home from a visit to Townsville yet.  God bless him! He is a great treasure.  Says he wants to come see me next Tuesday. Will be happy to see him!

 August 21, 1942 – Friday
Had a good night & feel rested and ok this am. Changed water in my flowers when I had my “up.” Julian left an order at Florists to send me flowers once a week.  They have been so pretty, and I think he is so sweet to be so thoughtful. Finished my pillowcase and the morning’s mail brought me directions, needles, etc. to begin work on Anne’s sweater.  I have enough work to last me several months. My scripture lesson was from Jno. 15:16-27. Christ said to His disciples, “Ye also shall hear witness of me, because ye have been with me.” We can witness only when we have been with Him. I am praying that I may become a worthy witness.  God has so blessed every effort I have made so far.  It has been marvelous how, when I have asked to be used of Him, I have been given always, and opportunity.  It thrills me when I remember!

 August 22, 1942 – Saturday
Had a restful night and awoke feeling good.  Had my “up” & fixed my flowers & back to bed.  Worked on my toy dog to send Momma for her birthday for a while and wrote letters to Billy & Anne.  The mail brot me a long letter from Mary Sykes.  I had wondered why I didn’t hear from her.  We use the telepathic method evidently.  She said I had been on her mind for several days, and she thot I needed her to come in for a little chat.  I had also thot so much about Tish & wrote to her Thurs.  We were writing each other at the same times no doubt.  She is now “grandma.” Letty’s baby came recently.  My friends are real ones & I thank God for all of them.  

 August 23, 1942 – Sunday
I am wondering today just what is in store for me – whether or not I am well enough to go to University for my surgery.  I don’t relish the idea of the knife, but if I undergo the operation and it is successful, I can live with my loved ones & feel that they are safe so much sooner.  God helping me I shall come thru all safe.  My lesson this am was what I need.  The text from Phil. 4:19. “My God shall supply all you need.” God is Light.  He is Bread.  He is Water.  He is the Way.  He is the Savior.  He is Power.  He is Physician.  He is friend.  He is Host.  He is Guest.  He is Guide.  He is High Priest. He is Resurrection & He is an Unseperable Companion.” Yea, all I need in Him I find.  Dr. Stafford came to my room and talked to me this am.  He says they plan to send me to Hospital real soon, that I should come through an operation fine & be able to go home in 12 or 15 months.  He heartily advises it so I guess I will try it.

 August 24, 1942 – Monday
A Red Letter Day
I awoke feeling good but just a little on edge.  Was prepared to get a call to go on to University for my operation.  Dr. Stafford came by on his rounds & told me he asked Dr. White about taking me, but he couldn’t today.  Mrs. Schultz, a porchmate, was called.  Just as I was getting settled for my rest hour, I rec’d a message from Jules H. saying he would be here at 4:30.  Of course I didn’t sleep.  He came to see me at 7:30.  He looks so well & seemed happy to be with me again and oh what a joy to have my big boy with me again.  I have seen him so little for the past 6 years.  Young people are so negligent and realize so little how much a little attention means to parents when they begin to get old & a little infirm.

 August 25, 1942 – Tuesday
Had something real happy to look forward to today – Julian came at 10 & staid until 12 o’clock. While here, one of the doctors on the staff passed the doors & stopped.  He & Julian recognized each other.  They went to school (Grammar) together at James Monroe.  I knew of him as “little Billy White.” I enjoyed recalling with them, all the boys & girls who grew up there in Norfolk.  Our boys grow up so soon & take hold of things and we older ones lean on them.  Had a letter from Julian & he hates for me to have to undergo the knife.  Jules H. called and told him to allow Billy to come on up and visit for a day or two.  They will go back together later.  I am so thankful to have my boys so close.  God is good and I am grateful for all that is mine.

 August 26, 1942 – Wednesday
This is my mother’s 83rd birthday – and she is just fine they write and tell me.  Billy in just back from a visit with her.  She is a splendid example for her daughter & granddaughters.  She became mother of 10 children & brought 8 to adulthood.  She worked real hard for we were comparatively poor.  She was always cheerful & happy & never neglected one of us.  Her example has meant everything to me.  Julian came to see me in the am & brought Billy at 4 o’clock and again at 7:30.  It was indeed a fest for me – both of my sons, and they are sons anyone would be proud to own.  I expect great things of them & I don’t believe I shall be disappointed.  Wrote Mary Sykes a long letter and knitted some on Anne’s sweater.  

 August 27, 1942 – Thursday
Julian & Billy staid until the nurse called bedtime last night and were back at 10 o’clock this am.  I had them for two whole hours and we had such a good time together. They left me at 12 & Billy had XRay pictures made & they got dinner somewhere & went to “Monticello” 2 miles from here.  They got back here a little late but staid until 5 & came back at 7:30.  I had to say goodbye for they are leaving to 6 am tomorrow.  I felt so proud of them.  They are good to look at & very dependable.  I feel that they will always do the right thing.  I wrote a letter to Mr. Harrell & knitted some.  The scripture reading was from Exodus 16:11-18.  The story of God’s providence of manna for His children while they were in the wilderness.  He gave them just what they needed day by day. I love the verse – “Lord, for tomorrow and it’s needs, I do not pray. But prep me, guide me, love me, Lord, just for today.”

 August 28, 1942 – Friday
I awoke around 6 o’clock, in time to hear C & O train go out, I suppose carrying Billy & Julian.  Their plan when they left me the night before was to leave then. I felt especially blessed to be able in days like these, when almost every home has a son on another Continent & in many cases they are unaware of which Continent, to have all my sons with me for almost a week.  They were happy together & I believe were glad to be with me. Had such a nice letter from Lern Burns, she was Dixon now.  She has been a real friend for years & I am glad to contact her again. She is a cheery person.  Wrote a letter to Mrs. Moore, a nice old lady I met at T.M. Hospital.  Knitted on Anne’s sweater.  My lesson for the day was so good.

 August 29, 1942 – Saturday
Slept rather well last night.  The weather was nice & cool, having rained during the night.  My back had the same old aches, slightly.  It may be the nature of the “old enemy” T.B. Anyway, I am not sick.  I am so strong.  I can read & work.  Finished my cuddle dog of wool & he is real cute.  Also knitted some on Anne’s sweater.  Rec’d the loveliest bunch of roses from my Hubby, the prettiest I have had. Had my first card from Mrs. Surles at T.M.H., was good to hear from her.  My scripture lesson was from Col. 3:12-17, the text from Jno. 14-27. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.” How much comfort that is to me right now.  I face the knife in a few days, but I have confidence in the maker of my body.  He can repair all that he has made & I know He will take care of me.

 August 30, 1942 – Sunday
Feel better this am.  I had a slight temp last night but slept in spite of it.  Listened to “Elder Michael” the negro evangelist in Wash or NY? while I ate breakfast.  It is really inspiring to listen to them sing & he speaks a lot of truth in his own way.  I like it.  After dinner Dr. Ewing made rounds and he told me what I have  been expecting.  I go to University tomorrow & I suppose I am scheduled for the operation Tues.  I have prayed about the matter & have asked for guidance for months and have felt that God has guided me to the means for recovery of my health, so that I may serve Him & bring & guide my little ones through the adolescent period.  This I write in all humility – I realize my life from now on has to be different.  I must forget self & serve, as he gives me strength.

 August 31, 1942 – Monday – Charlottesville, VA
Today – I have made another move I hope & believe toward recovery.  I left Blue Ridge Sanatorium at 9:10 this am & entered University Hospital.  Tomorrow, I am supposed to undergo an operation tomorrow in the morning.  I wired Julian & Jule H.

August 10, 1942 – Monday

Had a very good night.  The weather still nice & cool.  I am taking medicine 3 times a day for my pleurisy.  I think it is helping some.  Had my bath.  Miss Roberts of Culpepper is the nurse who gives me my bath.  She is so cheerful & sweet, conscientious in all her work.  She comes in each am with the greeting, “Good morning Ladies & Gentermons, How you percolating?”Worked on my bedroom shoes & worked crossword puzzles.  My scripture for day was from Jno 15:1-15 “I have called you friends.” Christ’s words to His disciples.

August 9, 1942 – Sunday

Still raining this am and cool, but cleared up later in the day.  My shoulder gave me some trouble.  I told Dr. Apperson about it.  He listened to my chest & said I had pleurisy and prescribed something for the pain.  The Supervisor gave me another “trip” beginning today – that makes two a day.  Read my daily lesson from Jno 1:2, 6; 7 and read the rest of 2nd Chap. from”Prayer” and Some First Steps in Meditation from Clear Horizons.  I have decided to waken a little earlier each am for my meditation & prayer.  I want God to have my first waking thots.  God I need Thee.  When the morning crowds the night away and the tasks of waking seize my mind, I need thy poise.

August 8, 1942 – Saturday

Have had pains in my right shoulder since Thursday p.m. & have had tablets to ease the pain twice.  Slept good last night & awoke feeling better, but tonight I feel pretty tough again.  I shall not give over to it.  Tonight I was not asking for tablets.  I shall go to the source of all things and ask for help.  God never fails. I am going through a test.  I want to be strong & true to my faith. Have ben crocheting my shoes today for work.  Read my scripture lesson at quiet time – from Mat. 7:7-14.  It emphasized the fact that we must follow His way daily.  Only as we discipline ourselves and grow in his grace.

August 7, 1942 – Friday

Still real cool.  It rained again last night.  The weather feels like Fall.  After breakfast I took my up – arranged my flowers and got my laundry ready to go out, and back to bed.  Heard from two of my men – Julian and Billy.  They are both well & happy.  Wrote to Billy, Anne & Catherine to be sure they hear from me this week.

August 6, 1942 – Thursday

A nice cool morning after a rainy night.  God is good to his children.  When we have such hot weather we feel we can’t stand it any longer, something like this happens & we get a respite.  Did some writing after breakfast.  Had my bath.  Got a letter from Anne & Mr. Harrell.  Anne’s letter so full of news & she seems real happy with Jack.  She is an independent little lady.  I sent her a stamp in my last letter.  She sent it back to me today.  Got wool I ordered to knit Anne’s sweater.  Am anxious to begin it. Read my scripture lesson for the day.  From Gal. 5:22-26.  The meditation mentions Chas. Wesley’s Hymn – the lines “ a sensibility of sin, a pain to feel it near.” The growth of God Consciousness creates in the life of a Christian an affection for things that are true, honorable, just, pure, and of good report, and a revulsion of all evil.”

I Want a Principle Within
I want a principle within
    of watchful, godly fear,
    a sensibility of sin,
    a pain to feel it near.
    I want the first approach to feel
    of pride or wrong desire,
    to catch the wandering of my will,
    and quench the kindling fire.

From thee that I no more may stray,
    no more thy goodness grieve,
    grant me the filial awe, I pray,
    the tender conscience give.
    Quick as the apple of an eye,
    O God, my conscience make;
    awake my soul when sin is nigh,
    and keep it still awake.

Almighty God of truth and love,
    to me thy power impart;
    the mountain from my soul remove,
    the hardness from my heart.
    O may the least omission pain
    my reawakened soul,
    and drive me to that blood again,
    which makes the wounded whole.

Blue Ridge Sanatorium, Charlottesville, Virginia

http://faculty.virginia.edu/blueridgesanatorium/

Blue Ridge Sanatorium Community Development

The Blue Ridge Sanatorium had several stages of development. In the area just south of the Davis Building (central I-shaped building) three major changes can be seen not only in the development of the hospital, but in the development of the cure as well. After the hospital purchased the land they built pavilions that offered open-air treatment. The wards were called the Thomas, Strode and Addison buildings shown on the 1929 Sanborne map. These pavilions were similar to the buildings that were used in the prototypical cure cottages in Saranac Lake. As the need for infirmary space increased the sanatorium made plans to build the new Infirmary-Culinary Building on the site near these three pavilions. The 1951 Sanborne map shows the Addison building moved to the south of the Thomas building to accommodate the construction of the new hospital. After the development of Streptomycin, an antibiotic that drastically changed the healing time of a Tuberculosis patient, the pavilion type buildings were obsolete in the cure process. The Blue Ridge Sanatorium tore down the abandoned Thomas, Addison and Strode buildings (Sanborne map from 1966).

Infirmary-Culinary Building, Blue Ridge Sanatorium

The Infirmary-Culinary Building was built in 1939 with grant money from the PWA. The building is art deco-streamline style and is built with concrete and a brick façade. The building’s design reoriented the sanatorium complex by turning it’s face from the center. The entrance was planned to bring visitors to the front of the new building instead of winding slowly through the grounds. The front of the building faces south allowing the sleeping porches direct sunlight, as prescribed to patients seeking the cure. This infirmary shows the new ideals in Tuberculosis hospital design.
The following pages contain the typical plan and elevations of the new infirmary building. The building is linear in form with a t-shaped appendage on the north facade, the culinary wing. The central entrance core is flanked by two wards. The plans show sleeping porches along the south façade. Before 1944 the major ideal in fighting Tuberculosis was sleeping porches, good diet and lots of rest. Cure cottages were the first built structures to house the patients of Tuberculosis. These were open air buildings allowing fresh air in and even snow in winter time. Later, larger buildings were built that had maintenance on the north side, hallway, than private rooms that opened into sleeping porches on the south side. The private rooms were mostly used for check ups and other private times, but not for sleeping. The new infirmary had a double loaded corridor, it was a hybrid of pavilion and infirmary, it still offered sleeping porches along the south face. The antibiotic, discovered in 1944, was derived from the Streptomyces Griseus mold and greatly reduced the time it took to recover from Tuberculosis. With the discovery of the antibiotic, fresh air and good nutrition were no longer top priorities in fighting Tuberculosis. In later years the sleeping porches were filled in with windows and the private rooms were inhabited.

August 5 , 1942 – Wednesday

Last night was nice & cool and I slept so well. Awoke feeling good. Had breakfast & trip to toilet.  My legs are a bit stronger each time.  I got in there re-arranged my flowers – put fresh water to them. Gave Mrs. Hayslip, my roommate, the little zinnias.  The weather made me want to clean house. I straightened my writing materials, put them in my new case, wrote names and addresses in my memo, cleaned out the drawer, and wrote a letter to Julian, one to Mary Gayle, saying thank you to them. At quiet time I read my lesson for the day, the text from Phil 4:10-20 “For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.” None but a real Christian can do this. This experience through which I am passing has taught me so much.  I had rededicated my life to Christ several years ago and was trying to live as he directed, but I hadn’t shaken off enough of the world. I was worried and fearful sometimes. I am learning to trust him & be content in which ever state I find myself.  I studied “Prayer” and prayed with Spiritual Life Group with O.V. Church at 11:30.