Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Honoring Our First Home...

You read the news in the local papers today that the original hospital building will be torn down in the next month. This week, we brought a little of the old hospital to the new hospital by hanging a few pictures. 

A few of our favorite physicians and an architectural rendering of the old hospital after the 1970s renovation now grace the walls of our new building. Over the next few weeks, we hope that you will join us as we do some remembering. Here is the beginning of our walk down memory lane:

April 25, 1947-The Fairfax Forum
 Hospital Corporation to Issue Certificates
Authority was received Tuesday from the Missouri Securities Department by the Fairfax hospital committee to proceed with the issuing of stock certificates to those who have subscribed for stock.

July 4, 1947-Fairfax Forum
 Hospital Board of 9 Members Elected: Stockholder's Meeting Held Last Thursday Night Attended by About 250 Persons
There has been no decline in interest in the move to establish a hospital in Fairfax, if the enthusiasm shown at the stockholders' meeting, held last Thursday night is any criterion. The meeting was attended by Approximately 250 people and 735 of the 1050 shares of stock were represented in the voting......The stockholders then proceeded to vote, and the nine men receiving the highest number of votes were declared elected. These men are: John F. Sly, S.J. Peterson, F.C. Whitford, W.S. Walker, Jack L. Pearce, Cline Hawkins, R.D. Seymour, H.O. Scarlett and L. Roy Sims.

November 14, 1947-Fairfax Forum
 Hospital to be Located on Taylor Lots in East Fairfax-Ground with 250 Feet Highway Frontage is Donated to Organization by Mrs. Anna Taylor-Grading May Start Soon

The Fairfax Community Hospital is to be located on lots known as the Taylor lots, with frontage on Highways 275 and 59, between the Baptist church and the vocational agriculture building. Grading and excavation will probably start soon........The community will commend Mrs. Taylor for her generosity in donating the lots for the institution and she has the thanks of all. Her husband, the late Dr. A.P. Taylor, was a practicing physician in Fairfax for many years, and for several terms served as major of the city. She feels that it is one way in which she can help carry on the work in which he spent his life-that of relieving the suffering of humanity and promoting the health of the general public. Her splendid move in making the donation will speed the work and service that the stockholders in  the hospital hope to bring to the community.

August 24, 1948-The Fairfax Forum
Lay Cornerstone In Masonic Ceremony-Missouri Grand Lodge Officers Here for Impressive Event
The cornerstone, a beautiful piece of variegated granite, bears these words "Fairfax Community Hospital, 1948." It was presented to the Kiwanis Club, who sponsored the cornerstone laying ceremony, by Clinton Allen of the Allen Monument Works, Maryville.

August 6, 1948-The Fairfax Forum
 Start Laying Brick On Fairfax Hospital: Building Supervisor Hopes to Have Structure Enclosed by Cold Weather

The first brick on the new Fairfax Community hospital building was laid Tuesday, and progress on the building can now be watched with more understanding and interest by the general public than during the excavating and foundation laying period. Walls are to be 12" masonry, 18" blocks inside 4" brick facing.....Operating and nursery rooms are to be air conditioned....There will be 16 patient rooms, with accommodations for two patients to the room, one 4-bed ward, and a nursery that will accommodate 12 babies.

Join us as we look back on the journey of Community Hospital-Fairfax in a series of blog posts. Leave your comments and memories below!