Cresson TB Sanatorium Remembered
Time Line
The following time-line of events was created from the data contained in the History 1, 2 & 3 pages.  It is especially useful in determining the dates of many of the photos appearing on this website.


1910  Mrs. B F Jones cottage gifted to the state of Pa.
          San building plans accepted.
          Woodman Lumber Company awarded contract to build San.
1911  Andrew Carnegie sells land to Commonwealth of Pa. for one dollar.
          Resolution passed thanking Carnegie for land donation. 
         Carnegie donates second tract of land for the San.
1913  San opened in January
1914  Grace Chapel erected.
1915  First small school house erected.         
West Wing built.
First Recreation Hall built.
Dining Room enlarged.
Medical Director’s residence built.
1919  Training School for practical nurses established.
1921  Five more cottages were added to Men's Camp. 
1922  A "playhouse" with swimming pool for the children built.         
First x-ray equipment purchased
1925  New school houses constructed consisting of two  4-room buildings.
          Garage built.          
Entertainment Hall built.
1931  Barn remodeled and made into a dormitory for non-patient male employees. 

1930’s  Work started remodeling the Children's Playhouse in the

             late 1930's, converting it into the present Surgery Building.
1932  Children's House, with a capacity of 122 beds, was opened for children. 
1947  Chapel completely refurbished in 1947.           
Streptomycin first used in treatment of TB.
1949   Addition built at the rear of Grace Chapel          
Two doctors' cottages built and ready for occupancy.
1950   Units #1 and #2 opened.  
Nurses Home opened.
Small addition built onto Grace Chapel.
Children's Department closed in August 1950    (Later became Unit 3.)
           Major medical chest surgery routinely performed.          
Medical Social Worker added to staff in February.
Occupational Therapy Department established in February.
Nurses Training School reorganized with full time instructor.
1951   Entertainment Hall, or Auditorium, completely renovated.     
Completed Units 2 & 3.
Tore down men’s and women’s cottages.
Nurse’s Residence renamed O’Halloran Hall
Alterations made to four large wards in the men's hospital, converting them
rooms and small wards.
1952   Addition made to the Administration Building   
Medical Service Unit was opened for occupancy in October.
Isonazid first used in treatment of TB.
1956   Facility renamed Laurence F. Flick State Hospital in December.
1962   Administration Building front entrance remodeled.
1964   Became Cresson State School and Hospital
1970’s  Name changed to Cresson Center.

1983   Transferred to the Dept of Corrections.

William G. Turnbull  M.D.        1912-1923
Thomas H. A. Stites  M.D.       1923-1935
Louis A. Wesner  M.D.            1935-1939
Thomsa H. A. Stites  M.D.       1939-1943
B. Franklin Royer  M.D.           1943-1947
Harry W. Weest  M.D.             1947-1963+

Eliza C. Allison             1913-1935
Irmela M. Witke            1935-1936
Nellie J. Boyle               1936-1945
Agnes McLane              1945-1948
Dorothy M Rivers          1949-1952
Rachel A.  Neill             1952-1961
Eleanor McHail             1961-