“The cure for what ails ya”

33_postcard.jpg

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
August 15, 2012

Published by and for the Thornton & Minor Sanitarium, this week’s card shows the second location of the hospital originally started by Dr. T.W. Thornton in 1877 at 111 W. 10th Street.

In 1885, Dr. Thornton was joined by Dr. W.E. Minor and the “new” name of “Thornton & Minor” was assigned the partnership. The sanitarium specialized in “diseases of the rectum, rupture (hernia) and diseases of women” (“ahem”).

This location at the southwest corner of 10th and Oak was the location of the clinic from 1900 until it moved again in 1909 to the Reliance Building at 10th and McGee. As a reference point, the southwest corner of 10th and Oak is the location of the UMB Bank Tech Center, adjacent to the Ilus W. Davis park. After outgrowing the 10th and McGee location, the partnership purchased the Lucerne Hotel at 921 E. Linwood Blvd. Prior to this move, patients were forced to stay in hotels nearby the sanitarium and “commute” to their daily treatments, obviously a trendsetter to today’s “outpatient” medical practices.

The card was mailed to Mrs. Claude Lingle of 725 E. Ohio in Clinton, Mo. on August 21, 1917. It reads: “Dear Cora, I hope you got home alright. Jim is improving slowly. He suffers quite a bit and can’t hardly get up at all, it hurts him so bad to walk. He goes upstairs every day to take treatments and its about all he can do. He is much better contented now. He rested much better last night than Sunday night. As ever, Clara.”

Comments are closed.

  • “One of the greatest playgrounds in America”

    August 16th, 2017
    by

    by Michael Bushnell Northeast News The description inside this vintage 1930s Curt Teich linen postcard folder of the Lake of […]


    The Mother Of All Rallies

    August 9th, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News In honor of the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South […]


    Orange Crate Carpenters

    August 2nd, 2017
    by

    This week, in place of our weekly Historic Postcard feature we publish the final installment of a four-part series of […]


    A Dime and the Dinky

    July 26th, 2017
    by

    This week, in place of our weekly Historic Postcard feature we publish the third of a four-part series of short […]


    The Alleys of Childhood

    July 12th, 2017
    by

    Northeast News July 5, 2017 This week, in place of our weekly Historic Postcard feature, we begin a four-part series […]


  • City Hall once stood at the City Market

    July 5th, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News June 21, 2017 In 1889, when cattle, pigs and all manner of livestock still roamed […]


    Hahatonka an oasis from city life

    June 28th, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News June 21, 2017


    A grand old flag with a grand old history

    June 21st, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News June 21, 2017 During the American Revolution, a number of patriots made flags for our […]


    Early 1900s school site is now interstate interchange

    June 14th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News June 14, 2017 This view of The Paseo, between 15th and 16th streets, looks north […]


    retorts illustrated bryan stalder

    June 14th, 2017
    by

      Northeast News June 14, 2017


  • What’s Happening

    Northeast Newscast Episode 22 – a history lesson through audits w/ KCMO City Auditor Doug Jones

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on the Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson runs through the history of […]

    City Council pushes divisive airport decision to August 24

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Three separate airport ordinances were held for a week by the Kansas City, Missouri City […]

    Independence Avenue CID

  • Local Weather