Minnesota History Center

I could not have written Open Window: The Lake Julia TB Sanatorium, a Community Created by Tuberculosis without the information I obtained from records at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The photo above is a portion of a page listing patients’ mothers’ information. At the History Center, I was able to obtain copies…

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Tuberculosis

Photo: Shutterstock Tuberculosis was once the leading cause of death in the United States. It may have been around 3 million years; it still kills people today. TB can infect people of all ages, as it did Art Holmstrom. He was a 17-year-old valedictorian-hopeful (Section 5 of Open Window.) My father, too, may have had…

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The Lake Julia TB Sanatorium

Photo: Bemidji Boys’ Band entertains the patients. James Ghostley collection The Lake Julia TB Sanatorium, located near Puposky, Minnesota, operated from 1916 through 1952, serving patients in the area who had tuberculosis. At first, female employees lived in the Sanatorium, but later, a nurses’ home was built next door to house them. That meant the…

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Treatment

Dr Mary performs pneumothorax treatment on patient Betty Taardiff with assistance from Nurse Broomfield. Photo: James Ghostley collection   Treatment for tuberculosis was difficult for both patients and employees in the early days of sanatoriums when it was thought that the cure was cold, fresh air. That’s what made Northern Minnesota seem so perfect for…

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