When I published Open Window: The Lake Julia TB Sanatorium on World TB Day, March 24, I got back in touch with some friends I’d lost track of. I reconnected with one of those friends July 3 when Charles (Chuck) Hill called me to congratulate me on my book. His family moved to Puposky the year I was born, when his father, Teber O. Hill, became the pastor of the Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church. In Open Window, you can read about my parents helping build this little white church. Chuck and my brother Lloyd became best friends, and they remain friends today. Chuck even remembered being present at my baptism when I was a baby.
Pastor Hill had had tuberculosis before moving to Puposky, so he was already familiar with a tuberculosis sanatorium when he went to the Lake Julia TB Sanatorium to offer sermons and support. His wife got involved too, writing plays for the Luther League to perform for the patients, and my brother performed in some of her plays.
Chuck’s family, like mine, is part of the San’s history, and it was good to reconnect.