My Long-Lost Friend

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…

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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, and it’s still killing people today. It can infect people of all ages, as it did Art Holmstrom, the 17-year-old valedictorian-hopeful who you can read about in Section 5 of Open Wndow. My father,…

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Dr. Mary Chapman Ghostley

Mary Madison Chapman Photo: James Ghostley collection   Mary Madison Chapman was a tenacious young lady who did what she believed in without being influenced by the opinions of others. She decided to go to medical school at a time when some called her a witch for seeking “a man’s occupation.” She didn’t care, she…

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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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Doctor

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