Cresson TB Sanatorium Remembered

I received the following photos from Peggy (Clapperton) Shoff in June 2010.  Her email address is

In January 1950 the Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners for Registration of Nurses, Bureau of Professional Licensing, had fully approved the program of the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Cresson for the education of licensed practical nurses (LPN's).  The year's curriculum included 36 weeks of special services and 256 hours of class work extending to all the fields of nursing.  Students lived in the Sanatorium's new Nurses' Home.
Peggy (Clapperton) Shoff was a student LPN at the Cresson TB Sanatorium who entered the program in 1950 and graduated in September of 1951.  She stayed on to work at the san for 5 years between 1950 to 1955.  She worked primarily in the V&W men's ward and the Surgical Unit.  Below are photos of Peggy's graduating class and of her working in the san.
1.  Official photo of the 1951 graduating nurses class appearing in the Altoona Mirror.
3.  Back Row L to R:  Bessie Shaw, Vada Boslow, Jean Starrett, Betty Blazak, Dorothy Wassam, Peggy Clapperton, Tilly Biaconi and Unknown.
Front Row:  Clair McNalley, Dorothy Lynch
5.  Back Row L to R:  Clair McNalley, Betty Lockenbaugh, Betty Blazak, Dorothy Wassam
Front Row:  Bessie Shaw, Vada Boslow, Peggy Clapperton
The photo was taken in front of the Laundry Building.  The students lived upstairs.
7.  Peggy worked in the West Wing and the Surgical Unit.  She is shown here with surgery patient Ted Migut.  A surgeon is standing in the background.  Ted was an avid photographer and took photos all the time. 

                                   Peggy R. Shoff Obituary

                          April 01, 1932 - November 26, 2017


85, of Portage, passed away on November 26, 2017 in Windber.  Peggy was born on April 1, 1932 in Johnstown.  She was the daughter of Raymond and Inez (Atkins) Clapperton.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her son: Kenneth R. Shoff and her sisters: Barbara Shandor, Gayle Philbrick, Lois Jaap and a brother-in-law: Joseph Shandor.  Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Eldred P. Shoff and her children: Robert Shoff and wife Joelle (Offman) of Cassandra; Todd Shoff and wife Carol (Ickes) of Hamburg, NY; Kris Shoff of Portage and Leigh Ann wife of Michael Hutsky of Mechanicsburg, PA.  She is also survived by her grandchildren: Joshua Shoff and wife Maria (Bernazzoli) of Wilkes-Barre; Cory Shoff and wife Jennifer (Dunmyer) of Windber; Kaitlyn and Jacob Shoff of Hamburg, NY; Nicole Crowell of Virginia; Taylor and Rachel Shoff of Lilly and Lauren and Adam Hutsky both of Mechanicsburg; and Great Grandchildren: Conor, Margaret, Ellie and Catalina Shoff.  Peggy was formerly employed at the Cresson Sanitorium, Cresson Center and the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home as a LPN.  She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a former member of the Church Choir.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, boating, camping and fishing. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 PM on Tuesday at the Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home Inc. of Portage.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11AM at Trinity United Methodist Church in Portage, Pastor Arthur Black, officiant.  Committal at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Johnstown.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Peggy's name to Trinity United Methodist Church, 817 Caldwell Avenue, Portage, PA 15946.  On-line condolences may be made at

Published on November 27, 2017


2.  Graduation ceremony write-up which appeared in the Johnstown Tribune.
4.  Back Row L to R:  Ivy Alloway, Betty Blazak, Clair McNalley, Margaret Claar
Front Row:  Peggy Clapperton, Dorothy Wassam
The photo was taken in front of Unit 3.
6.  Peggy getting meds ready to distibute to the patients.
8.  Ted Migut had cameras set-up to take photos whenever someone came into his room.  Here's one he took of Peggy.