Last week in our review of Cochrane history… public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore told us of a fund set up to help the town after the great fire of 1911.

Surplus money was dedicated to building a hospital… but wrangling delayed the project for a few years.

“On May 1st, 1916, patients were accepted at the new hospital before it was officially opened,” Proulx-Chedore tells us. “Lady Minto Hospital officially opened for business on May 24th, 1916.  Indigenous patients were treated in tents on the grounds. Before the winter, an indigenous wing of eight beds was added to allow them to be sheltered as well.  Later, this was developed into a separate 16-bed facility with assistance from the Department of Indian Affairs.”

 

Audio version: