Cresson TB Sanatorium Remembered
Pa Archives 2
The photos were taken in 1945 seemingly with the specific intent to document the basic scenes  of life at Cresson san from both the patient and staff points of view.  It was surprising to both Ron Nowicki and myself that we knew so many of the patients and staff shown in these photos. 
1.  Male patient receiving pneumothorax in his side from Dr. Cramer.
 3.  Blood Smear Differentials
L to R  LaBelle Stankard, James Billis, Alvin Wilson, Esther Eberle
5.   X-ray Reading.  The top left x-rays show the patient has had a lung removed.  We were x-rayed once a month to check our progress.   L to R   Dr. James I. Borland,  Joseph Hajdu, Radiology Technician.     (Dr Borland was my doctor in 1955, Chuck Felton)
7.  Patients store located near the dining room.  The woman on the left is Mrs. Inez Wilson, a patient on meals who worked in the store in 1945.  (By 1956, when I made meals and worked in the store for 3 hours each morning as part of my rehab, she was the store manager and my boss.  Chuck Felton)
9.  The  san closed circuit radio station, WSAN, located in the basement.  A microphone, turntable and some records were pretty much it.   The person in the photo is Chuck Latta of Youngwood, Pa.  However, Chuck Felton had this same broadcast job in 1956 and Ron Nowicki did the honors in 1955.
11.  Dr. Harry W. Weest (left) with two visitors from Washington, DC.   The following item appeared in the American Journal of Pub lic Health in Oct 1945:



Governor Edward Martin of Pennsylvania announced on August 20 that Lt. Col. Harry WV. Weest, former Chief Surgeon of the 28th Division, U. S. Army, has been appointed State Secretary

of Health, succeeding A. H. Stewart, AI.D., of Indiana, Pa., who died July 31.  Dr. Weest. whose home is in Altoona, has been associated with the Governor in military circles since 1922. He is a graduate in medicine of Jefferson Medical College in 1919 and, except for his war service, has practised medicine in Altoona.

(Note:  Dr Weest served as Secretary of Health from 1945-1947.)

Dr Weest, in his position as Chief Surgeon of the 28th Division, U. S. Army, had a connection with a famous military execution.

Edward Donald Slovik (February 18, 1920 – January 31, 1945) was a private in the US Army during WW2 and the only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War.  Slovik was  assigned to Company G of the 109th Infantry Regiment, US 28th Infantry Division.  He refused to fight in the line and was executed for desertion.

Dr. Weest was one of the doctors consulted about the Slovik case.  His testimony regarding the case is documented in the following book:

The Execution of Private Slovik by William Bradford Huie



2.  Female patient receiving pneumothorax from Dr. Giovini Fusco.
4.  Dental Office     Dr. C. E. Provan
6.  Typical ward setup consisted of a bed, table & chair for each patient.  The wooden partitions afforded minimal  sense of privacy.  The san had a library and sent the book mobile through the wards once a week.  I believe that is Mr Janis Kreicbergs the librarian on the right.
8.  Patients watching a movie in the theater.  Local high school students often put on their class plays for the entertainment of the patients.
 10.  Sputum & Urinalysis Tests      Our sputem was tested each month for presence of TB bacillus.
L to R  George Elder, Esther Eberle,
Alvin Wilson, LaBelle Stankard
12.  L to R:  Mr. Richard Acciavatti, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation, Dr. Harry W. Weest, Medical Director and an unidetified visitor from Washington, DC.
13.  All three people in this photo are unidentified.