Cresson TB Sanatorium Remembered

55. Elizabeth (Betty) Boyle

From: Clyde McDonnell
Sent: Nov 10, 2013
To: Charles Felton
Subject: Need Some Information 

 Dear Mr. Felton: I am trying to find some information about my aunt Elizabeth (Betty) Boyle.  She was a patient at the Cresson Hospital as a young girl in the 1930s.  After she was cured, she went to work at the  hospital (I believe in the office) until it was closed in the 1950s.  I heard that she moved to Johnstown, but I never could find any trace of her. She was never married. 

It may seem strange that I am still attempting to find her final resting place, after all these years, but it has been very important to me.  The task is very high on my "bucket list".  I would appreciate any information that you could furnish. 


Clyde McDonnell  


(Chuck Felton Note:  Anyone having information about Betty Boyle can email Clyde.  I was able to point Clyde to 2 images on this website providing info on his Aunt Betty as follows. 

  PS:  See Clyde's update at the bottom of the page.

1.  Betty Boyle, seated at the table wearing a white blouse and dark vest, is listed  as the Secretary in this 1939 photo of the Medical and Admintrative Staff.

2.  The above page from the 1956 Director's Annual Report listing the staff shows that Elizabeth Boyle was still the Institutional Secretary. 

Betty is also listed on the census records taken at the san.  In the 1930 census, taken April 22 , she is listed as a 31 year old TB patient, which means she was born in 1899.  Her occupation before being admitted to the san was as a stenographer for a Coal Company.

In the 1940 san census, taken on April 2,  she is listed as a 41 year old employee serving as a Private Secretary, probably to the Medical Director of the san.   



From: Clyde McDonnell
Sent: May 27, 2014 
Subject: Thank You 

 Dear Mr. Felton: 

I want to thank you for posting my search for Betty Boyle. Yesterday I recieved an email from a long lost cousin with the information about her and other family members.  Betty continued helping others until her passing on to a better place.  

Thank you again and keep up the good work.

Clyde McDonnell