Monday, July 20, 2015

Hughes County Wanderings: Holdenville Children's Hospital

This structure, complete with cherubic statues, is on 8th Street in the 200 block in Holdenville.  It is probably the 22 room, 2 story, $75,000 hospital constructed by pioneer physician A.M. Butts.   His daughter Imogene had gone into medicine, attending OU and then was doing training in the San Francisco Children's Hospital.  In one article the doctor indicated he wanted a place where his daughter Imogene could work and his other daughter Mrs. Lloyd Steen, could also be part of the staff.
Hospitals of the community have been identified by name as including Physicians and Surgeons Hospital (P and S), a Catholic facility called St. Francis said to have been located near the current Catholic Church and where a motel stands now.

Dr. Alexander McConnell Butts (1871-1948) was an early doctor in Holdenville, he owned the second automobile in the community, and was very involved in civic affairs as well as medical practice.  He had two daughters, "Dr. Imogene" (Mrs. Elliot Mayfield;1909-1992) and Jessie (Mrs. Lloyd Steen; 1898-after 1934).
"Here's One Doctor Who Won't Have to Ponder Where to Put 'Shingle". Galveston (TX) , June 8, 1934, pg. 2.
"Holdenville Hospital Nears Completion." Ada Evening News (OK), June 1, 1934, pg. 8

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