Sunday, 29 January 2017

When we travel around Alberta taking photos of old buildings, we see structures that resemble schools. Typically they would have three or four windows together where the children would sit in class. I have discovered recently that on some of our small towns there were hospitals and they were built similar to schools. The one in this photo sat in Altario, Alberta, I lived close to this town and until recently did not know there was a hospital there in the early days. It was a Red Cross hospital, opened in 1920 and was instigated by a lady name Mary Conquest and staffed by a Dr. Robinson and two nurses, it had 4 beds. Dr. Robinson later opened a store in Altario also.

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