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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Dan German Hospital


Dan German Hospital Marker (Side One) image. Click for full size.
May 4, 2020
1. Dan German Hospital Marker (Side One)
Dr. Dan German (1875-1942) purchased the S.S. and Betty House home in 1937 and immediately began remodeling the mid-nineteenth century residence into a clinic, veneering the exterior with fieldstone. The Review Appeal best described the hospital's opening: "This clinic fills a long-needed hospitalization facility for Williamson County. The building is modern in every respect and contains 12 rooms, consisting of offices for the three doctors, waiting rooms for both white and colored, operating, x-ray, and treatment rooms, four rooms for patients and a ward room, baths, modern kitchen, and the second floor is given over to the nurses." A wing was later added to accommodate more patients. Dr. Dan German, Dr. Richard German, D.D.S., and Dr. Tandy Rice opened the clinic in 1938.

The nursing staff included head nurse Ethel Jackson, Betty McDaniel, Mary Ellen Farmer, Stella Prince, Lottie Haffner, Annebelle Waller, Chris and Ann Davis, Sarah Moseley, Evelyn Carlisle, Lourine Veach, Sue Willie Hughes, Willie B. Hood, Mary Ladd, Marjorie Edgmon, Margaret Church, and Edna Ragan. Clifton Claybrooks served as janitor and orderly. Pat Wade
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was bookkeeper. Dr. Harry Guffee (1913-1996) joined the clinic in 1941, served in the U.S. Medical Corps during WWII, and returned to practice in 1946. After the hospital closed in 1958, Greystone Nursing Home provided long-term nursing care until 1997. In 2003, the Heritage Foundation persuaded the Williamson County Commission to save the landmark, when plans called for a parking lot on the site.
Erected 2007 by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1938.
Location. 35° 55.391′ N, 86° 52.149′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on 4th Avenue South just north of Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 137 4th Ave S, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Historic District - Historic Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pyle Clinic (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watson House (c. 1881) (about 400 feet away); Tennessee Female College (about 500 feet away); Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); 403-405 Main Street (about
Dan German Hospital Marker (Side Two) image. Click for full size.
May 4, 2020
2. Dan German Hospital Marker (Side Two)
600 feet away); U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) (about 600 feet away); Courthouse (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Dan German Hospital image. Click for full size.
April 29, 2020
3. Dan German Hospital
Dan German Hospital image. Click for full size.
May 4, 2020
4. Dan German Hospital
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2020. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 164 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 4, 2020. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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