Chatsworth Hospital


Postcard from 1911. Hospital sign is the white lettering on the black background. This is in the west half of the Walter building, on the upstairs floor. It was created in 1901 by Doctor Carson. 

Inside the hospital office from an early 1900's Chatsworth Plaindealer.
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From the Chatsworth Plaindealer 
The Chatsworth Hospital was started in the west side of the Walter building in 1901 by Dr. Carson. The Walter building is on the northwest corner of Fifth and Locust Streets.  It was purchased in 1913, after the death of Dr. Carson, by Dr. Sloan and Dr. Lamb. In 1918 it was taken over by Dr.Wilstead.  In 1912 it was called the Chatsworth Sanitarium. By 1916 there are still ads in the Plaindealer.

From the "History of Chatsworth, Illinois" by L.J. Haberkorn, he says that the hospital was taken over about 1918 by Dr. O.D. Wilstead. 

From the History of Ford County, a biography for a Thomas Doran states that his daughter Elizabeth is a nurse at the Chatsworth Hospital.

From the Illinois Medical Directory-1910
CHATSWORTH Chatsworth Hospital Chatsworth, Ill.-  Established 1902 -private 14 beds -Geo T Carson physician in charge.

Also listed in the 1920 directory.

According to the Chatsworth Plaindealer it was also known as the "Chatsworth Sanitarium" in 1912.

Hospital notes from 1914.

Below is a sad story from the Chatsworth Plaindealer

FEBRUARY 3, 1911
Miss Minnie Meisenhelder, whose desperate plunge to the cement walk from one of the second story windows of the Chatsworth Sanitarium on Friday afternoon last, was chronicled in these columns last week, died on Friday (Jan. 27) evening at about six o'clock from the injuries she received, concussion of the brain being the direct cause of her death.
Dr. Carson states that from the time she was operated upon for appendicitis she was affected with suicidal mania, and upon being left alone for not to exceed three minutes, she threw herself from the window.
Coroner W. E. Slyder, of Pontiac, came over on Saturday and conducted an inquest over the remains and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that she came to her death from injuries received by jumping from a second story window while temporarily insane. No blame was attached to anyone.
Minnie Meisenhelder was born in Chatsworth, October 2, 1890, and had always made her home here. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Meisenhelder, the father having died by his own hand about five years ago, and the mother having passed away about a year ago.  Minnie was an honest, industrious girl, of pleasing manners, but always more or less peculiar. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Louis Bork, Mrs. Henry Gerdes and Miss Kate, and five brothers, Charles, George, Henry, William and Fred, all residents of Chatsworth and immediate vicinity.
The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the Chatsworth German Lutheran church, Rev. Koepp, of Charlotte, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Chatsworth cemetery. The attendance at the funeral was greater than the capacity of the little church, and many were unable to gain admittance to the house of worship.
The sorrowing brothers and sisters have the deepest sympathy of their many friends.

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