• Hospitals in Dyersburg

      In a 1917 publication, Dr. J. P. Baird is reported to have visited St. Louis and surrounding areas "by motor". He is described as being from the Hosmer Hospital in Dyersburg.

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      1914 Sanborn map lists The Hosmer hospital for the first time. The 1909 map did not show a hospital.
      1913 Obituaries Easley's rooming house, Palace Hotel, near Basye's Store, Hotel Virginia, County Farm, but no places of death listed as any hospital in Dyersburg. At City Drug, Danny Dedmon has a reprint framed announcing the opening of Dr. Watson's Dyersburg Sanitarium in 1905. It was in his home on McGaughey. I haven't found any obituaries older than 1913 as of yet, but as mentioned above, 1913 and 1914 death information from Curry's Funeral Home do not list any hospital for any places of death. If there was a hospital in operation at that time, it stands to reason that someone would have died there.

      I spoke with Larry White on 03/13/15. He is the current owner of the Baird-Brewer building. According to Otis Elevator Company, this building has the second oldest operating elevator in the country and was installed in 1917. This would coincide with the other information we have that says the Baird Dulaney hospital opened in 1918. Prior to that, it was the Hosmer Hospital. I can't find any definitive information, but I suspect it was a private home that was converted into the Hosmer and was torn down and rebuild as the Baird-Dulaney.

      In the May edition of West Tennessee Medical and Surgical Association, (Memphis Medical Monthly) they list 11 new members that are from Dyersburg. It appears that the meeting that month was held in Dyersburg.

      Dr. W. P. Watson, Memphis Hospital Medical College, 1889
      Dr. R. L. Murph, University of Louisville, 1901
      Dr. J. A. Fowlkes, Nashville University, 1879
      Dr. D. L. Flannery, Nashville University, 1879
      Dr. T. J. Walker, University of Louisville 1868
      Dr. J. A. Ferguson, University of Louisville, 1895
      Dr. Q. I. N. Rawles, University of Nashville, 1880
      Dr. E. L. Rawles, Memphis Hospital Medical College, 1903
      Dr. G. R. Berry, Memphis Hospital Medical College, Date of graduation not given
      Dr. C. T. Nash, Memphis Hospital Medical College, 1906
      Dr. C. A. Turner, University of Louisville, 1894
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        Memphis Medical Monthly, 1911.
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        Meyer Brothers druggist. v.38 no.8 1917

        The journal of the Tennessee State Medical Association. ... v.6 (1913-1914).
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        The report on the 1915 Tennessee General Assembly shows that the Hosmer Hospital Corporation was formed in October 1913.
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        The most definitive entry to determine the opening date of The Hosmer Hospital. This article in Therapeutic notes. v.21-22 (1914-1915). is from Dr. E. LeRoy Wilkins and the article is dated December 30, 1914. Dr. Wilkins is singing the praises of Park, Davis and Co.'s ether. He states, "Since our hospital opened March 23rd, 1914..." and goes on to elaborate on the excellent product.
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        In Volume 10 of the publication Modern Hospital, published in 1918, the Baird-Dulaney Hospital Company is now operating the former Hosmer Hospital and has also purchased a $10,000 residence in Dyersburg that will be operated as an "adjunct facility".

        This was the house on Sampson that would later become J. W. Curry's Funeral Home. It was operated as a "Nurse's Home". In the same publication it states that Drs. Baird and Dulaney have purchased a beautiful 16 room home for their nurses and that they are now operating the Baird-Dulaney Hospital, formerly the Hosmer Hospital.
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        In the American medical directory. 5th ed. 1916., The Hosmer Hospital is listed as being established in 1914. It is a general hospital with 53 beds and Dr. E. H. Baird is listed as superintendent.
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        Modern hospital. v.4 1915 Jan-Jun.

        In its first year, The Hosmer Hospital treated 300 patients. 225 of these were surgical cases. 29 were treated for free. 35 were treated at the expense of the county, the city or "charitable individuals". They had 25 deaths, 14 resulting from operations, including emergencies.
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        JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. ... v.72 Jan-Mar 1919.
        In February, 1919, a contract was let for additional improvements to the Baird-Dulaney Hospital, formerly the Hosmer Hospital, Dyersburg, to cost $50,000. Application has been made and approved by the legislature of the state to increase the capital stock of the institution from $25,000 to $75,000.
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        http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015...pend=%3Bseq=70 Additions added to the hospital, school being built and churches expanding.