Date: Jul 9, 2011
I reviewed your website on Cresson and it brought back many memories. I was a Penn State student
when I came down with TB and was at Cresson from March 1960 'til March 1961. If my memory hasn't failed me,
I was in the main ward, second floor with a roommate named Bud Sylar. There was a man named Howard who had polio not
TB in the next room. Dr Ma treated me. The day head nurse was a Miss Mentzer. I remember Skip Schrader the
mailman and Dick Spriggs the barber. Ironically, Dr Lawrance Flick was my father's doctor when he had TB in 1921.
I went back
to Penn State, got a degree and am retired. I have a cabin in Michaux Forest north of Gettysburg, Pa. near my favorite
trout streams. I'll
continue to check your web for updates. Thanks for all your work and remembering the fellow patients an Cresson.
(Chuck Felton Note: Pat sent me the above email in July of 2011, which
I then posted on this website. However, in Sept 2013 Pat remembered that while at the san he had a 35mm camera and took
colored slides of patients and staff. He found 61 san slides in the attic, sent them to me and they
are shown below. Pat supplied the names he remembered of people in the photos, so if you see someone you know,
drop me aline at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add their names.)
1. Pat Lynch showing what the patients did best
at the san, getting plenty of bed rest
3. Bud Sylar on the left.
9. Lloyd Yancy in bed in the background and Ed Kukovich in
the green bathrobe in the foreground
13. Miss Mentzer with Howard who had polio and required a special
15. Writing letters helped patients keep in tough with the folks
17. Having a smoke in the locker room.
21. A birthday cake with candles and a pie on the windowsill.
23. Lounging on warm sunny days on the porch was a good way to
25. A stroll in the fresh air.
27. Bud Sylar on the right. The stone wall on the left is
part of the steps into the Surgery Building.
29. Making craft items helped pass a lot of hours.
31. Bud Sylar doing leather crafts.
33 thru 36. Patients in costume for Halloween.
35. That's Bud Sylar in the doctor's costume.
37. Miss Mentzer on the left.
43 and 44. The dreaded shots of streptomycin.
47. Physical Therapist Frank helping Howard, who had polio.
49. Miss Mentzer with Howard.
55. Lots of patient charts to updata.
4. "The Friday Night Fights".
6. Bob Lancaster on the left and Bud Sylar on the right.
16. Horsin' it up for the camera.
24. And a great place to put your feet up and have a smoke.
26. Feeding the chipmunks and squirrels was always fun.
28. A nurse displaying a hand tooled leather handbag.
30. A patient with all the material to make one of the many san
dolls, often sold to visitors.
32. Howard holding up a hooked rug he made.
42. An orderly bringing evening snacks.
44. As I recall, we got 2 shots a week.
48. Looks like somebody is tickleish.
50. The winner of the tickle fight.