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Notes About Lady Minto Hospital

Sue Mouat

list of matrons and nurses
Dr. Rush
obit Dr. Beech
fuel (Gordon Brown)
remarks from Tilly Akerman - 11 cases of Spanish flu

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Media 2 tape cassettes Audio CD mp3 √
ID 144 Duration 21 min.




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if you remember the Board of Management lady mental golf balls, hospitals 1920 You might have been responsible for checking on the quality and quantity of firewood. For was prepared. Preferred wood in those days and wood was bought by the Ric a stack of 18 inch length measuring law. Four feet long four feet high, the minutes to board for 1923 to 28. These Tracy your tenders are called for fuel as regular monthly meeting on September 9 21. The boards we've prepared for winter by agreeing that 10 tonnes of coal we bought five of lump five of nuts and also tenders for 50 weeks of stove would. The call was bought at usual. As usual for Mark brothers, a number of bids were received more than wood, and that a GDC wire was was accepted when the board again met in October.

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The writer was added but the secretary fridge should first try and get the price reduced. The November account show that SEMA was to be paid $120 or 240. Oh Rick when the wood was delivered, stacked and measured. By April 22. The price of a wreck was down to 230 when a bid for Molas for 50 Rex was accepted. In 1924. Old Garner received to 18 Pro Rick and two years later the price was back to 231. W two Meski was successful bidder on a contract of 40. Rick's competition was now fiercer perhaps because the we McGregor's, were on the island, a low bidder of 216 was accepted in March 1927. A mix of wood was now the rule for an addition to the stove with the board obtain slab wood from the mills of J. N. N. W. l Rogers and from GG shore. A few years later, responsibility for the purchase of firewood was delegated to the treasurer and secretary and references to the subject in the minutes are rare. However, 1931 The Secretary was instructed to thank Mr. Lumo weak little bit for the donation of a log delivered to the hospital be used for firewood. The minutes do not say whether a board member was assigned to saw and split the word or whether the chore was performed prefer performed by the janitor. More evidence of the impact of the depression was to be seen in the bit of $1.35 per Rick in March 1933. Accepting this bid, the board noted that it was submitted by a subscriber that is a member of the hospital society in a married man, but he had to accept 10 cents less per brick and when the board cut the price, because the wooden was determined to be an unsatisfactory condition. Although the board authorized the building of a woodshed 1936 Firewood was becoming less and less important and it's deliberation. The kitchen stove was converted to an oil burner later that year and a new furnace was installed in 1937. That too, was the year when electricity came to the island over the lines from Nanaimo on Duncan utility, a development that eventually led to a request for the matron and an electric heater be bought for her bedroom. Just about the last reference to firewood is in the Annual Report of the Chairman for the year 1943, in which it is stated, with satisfaction that wartime price controls had been prevented rises in the cost of fuel both wouldn't call.

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matrons 1914 1915 Anna Calhoun leader Mrs. Frank Croft in 1916, Ms. Kervin, followed by Mrs. Mary Fulton 2223 ms fails FAI le F 1923 20. Forms P. Simpson Maher, Mrs. Coulter. 1924 25. Miss mm lover, lower levering and 2625 to 26 Mrs. Craig 2627 Mrs. Eights Miss H. Watson 27 Miss curve and 28 Miss Buchanan 2829 Missy Thornton 29 was this young 2930 Mrs. McNair 1933 Ms. Holmes 3336 Miss barium Tate. 36 To 40 Miss Margaret Ross. 1941 42 km Bailey 43 Miss a Jeopardy 43 Miss Mrs. Abby Earl you old 43 Mrs. SJ Blair 44 to 60 So Elizabeth Edith Peterson later Mrs. Now stagnant for nurses 1914 Florence Watson student nurse, Phyllis Carter cook 1918 winter ball belt hose 1922 Willits. Oliver Smith, Frampton, Robin 925, Robin Reynolds, Keller 26. Aikens Jensen, Ellen and how 27 Barbara and Cal 2728 Rad again. 28 Hargraves 2829 Elaine Martin civil, McDonough 1929 was this young infringer in 3d EML in 2930, Amy Olson 1930 this is ml rose. Also Hopkins and Smith 31 stanbridge 3334 Seymour 33 36k Lion 34 Elmer Riley 3536 Jane Nathan. Mary Margaret Aikman. 30 7am Morrison 38 for plant 40 This is Beverly Smith Robertson 41 Lions Bovary, Garcia, Cawthra 44 rows MacDermid Stevenson, Haley 4546 Constable 46 Greg Somerville.

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Interview is Tilly Aikman chilly, graduated from St. Joe's in 1933 returned to Fulford for three years words is relief nurse lady Minto until August 1936, when she was hired full time as Mary Tate was Matron. She was from Saskatchewan and recruited another Saskatchewan nurse Alma Riley and September 9 34, who worked with Chilean till 938. Ms. Tate was succeeded by Ms. Margaret Ross, who came from Armstrong and must remain until 1940 matron Ross was indeed the longest lasting matron, Nurse Eagleman and worked with nurse K line 33 to 36, who later lived on the island until his future sister in law and his M Morrison lady Mrs. Bob Aikman was at the hospital from 37 to 39. Also on the staff during Chili's de from September 38th to January 40 was Marguerite LaPlante, who kept with whom she has kept in touch now lives and walls the Saskatchewan post office bus 92 Tilly starting salaries $25 Plus room and board in the laundry of uniforms. hours were traveling that day and a half day or weekly and when she changed shift from day to night she left at 1pm and returned to work at 7pm. She recalled Dr. Lawson as a nice old archer who came from Saskatchewan one day just before Christmas season was over. Although almost 50 years have passed and sits in half until he did not want me to write down the story of the admission of a patient with scarlet fever by one of the two doctors who until he did not wish to identify. Subsequently Tilly and another patient in maternity case contracted the disease and had spent a fortnight in isolation together at the woman's house. There were a few idle moments and nurses had to stoke the coal burning furnace and make a new fire but went out the night nurse also made cards in the evening for patients breakfast cooking it on the old O'Brien stove in the kitchen other church chores were to boil diapers and a copper boiler wash towels and press patients gowns using a Coleman gas i The only issue was not done by the only it was not done where sheets pillowcases bedspreads or Central Laundry in Victoria. in their spare time the nurses needed night gowns for babies.

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To rush by Tony for 1944 Doctors Solomon's practice was bought by him for $4,000 included the house and the land. And he had it was about a 20 shift. The hospital's very quick non surgical Yeah, that was very healthy. There were very few people. In fact, I had only about four or five surgery cases a year. So I would take them down to Victoria and nine times out of 10. I would assisted the surgery and come back the next day. As

Unknown Speaker 10:08
I hit my dad's old Austin Seven in 1935 had a passenger bucket seat held in by two pins, it just takes out the two pins and pulled the seat out and left it behind. What I used to do was to take an apple box cover to the blanket and put it in lengthwise in front of the backseat and bypass on the passenger side of the car and I had a very comfy arrangement patient could lie stressed out. That's how I used to handle my major surgery. How did you manage with the accidents as far with blogging and cars? Don't divorce there were very few accidents really there was only one bad one and that was fatal and Guy brown brother Ted Brown who is still living on the on the front barrier. It was right in front of our house when it happened on a logging truck came along. He stepped on the steps to get out of the way. And he slipped and fell wouldn't have been too bad the truck had run right over him but the driver slammed on the brakes and the truck just get it off the leg and it took all the flesh off. You can see the bare bones where we brought him back we phoned Bernie Roberts. He was driving an hour truck and he came and took him back to the hospital. I cut off the foot which is dangling that little flash wrapped him up. Fortunately it was almost very time but he died on the way and it was a bad accident. It was rather gruesome, Mr. Borneo look just below us came with a bottle of water and washed away the blood which are all over the payment I remember my first tonsillectomy that was Johnny craft and it took a long time because I had to get the anesthetic and go back to my work. It took about an hour and a half to do what ordinarily took about half an hour. My first patient was calling king who had the dairy business any amusing instances Yes. Remember Dr. Mr. Bullock? He said in my Willers an envelope was $5 and he was desperately afraid to be very light. I want you to cut my throat to make sure I'm dead. But I never got the $5 because I moved off the island before he died. I think one of the first amusing introductions to rural life happened in the house was that I made to Robin justice. He lived up from us on ganseys hill just passed where the beds house road cuts off. When I came out of the house I found a goat standing right up on the hood of my nice shiny 28 shirt. I don't know what it was but one of my first maternity cases was Mrs. Lamb Cropper and she had twins he was in a single bed at the hospital and believe it or not both babies were breech presentations. So I had to go in and turn them deliver them and give my own anaesthetic. It was quite a job. There was no proper maternity table. So I thought let's make one and you John Graham down Fulford was an excellent carpenter. I designed a slick delivery table that came together and when the time came to delivery, you just pull the lower part away but the legs up in stirrups. So I guess that was one of my contributions to the hospital. I remember a wrist fracture.

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Tape was Waterford spoiling by Betty bar in 1985. When I first went Mrs. Portman was the main matron and then Miss Lovering King, Dr. Sutherland was near everyone in the golden hair lines in the middle of the night and cost Galliano in Maine go and see the sick people. She was wonderful person in that way. Her husband Bill Sutherland ran the boat and took around the different islands I was terrified when I came the first morning I was on Mrs. Fulton had me bath an old man who complained that I was Be careful he said don't take all the skin off. Or to probationers was Watson and myself we took turns did with kitchen work that so long ago I forgotten I'm sure we didn't do any cooking. I don't know who did that we helped stoke the furnace and wash dishes and peel potatoes and things like that. We would do that for one month next month we'll be making beds and doing nursing.

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We worked seven in the evening till seven in the morning same hours when we were on the Jubilee 77.

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Sydney Gulf Islands review 15th of January 1920. Deaths J Richard Cartwright aged 18 and route from England to Salt Springs to spend Christmas with his parents in Ganges killed and CPR right near Quebec. buried at St. Mary's Fulford harbour 14th of November 1919 Spanish and influenza has last broken out on the island. There are 11 cases at San Saltspring. The churches and two of the schools are closed. Sydney review 19 December 1918. The death occurred after a short illness from the shock of paralysis at four o'clock on Monday morning at Ganges hospital of late Dr. Lionel beech and a 68 year he was trained at the London Hospital where he twice was elected House Surgeon, and 1873 He entered the Indian Medical Service for being first to test the artillery and then to the 38th netic native infantry and Frick freaking awfully from them from that to the first light infantry and Secundrabad was which regiment he went through the Afghan war 1879 1980 and for which he received the War Medal. He was next civil surgeon at Bellary during the Indian famine, for which he received the thanks for the government. He also went to the lack of dive islands on HMS Kingfisher on a leprosy commission, staying there three months after returning in 1893. Dr. Beech came to Manitoba where he practiced for eight years, finally coming to BC and settling on Salisbury in 1904. Here he took up practice for some years. He leaves a wife, two daughters and five sons to mourn his loss. All of the sons been to the present war. Private person beach who is in that Forestry Corps is now on his way home to Ganges Dr. Allen Beach, formerly Dr. On Saltspring, which he left to serve in the Army Medical Corps in France where he has been for three years Dr. Stuart beach formally doctor at Parksville. He served for time in France as is now in the Canadian Red Cross Hospital Maidenhead private Gerard who was badly wounded and got his discharge over a year ago. Leftenant Roy b to the Royal Canadian Navy was either beach who was working for the war in England for over two years laterally musisz munitions as Marjorie beach who has been residing with her parents at home balance sheets 1921 1934 for a memo from the department of the provincial secretary. Annual reports of hospital services Gulf Islands driftwood may 9 1974 and oil and horizontal a picture of Leamington the staff Mary Fulton, Florence Watson and wonderful bill house.

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