Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Forsyth in Rosebud County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital

 
 
Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
1. Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital Marker
Inscription.  “Remember the Flu epidemic” declared a notice advocating support for Rosebud County Hospital. In 1918 and 1919 influenza killed over 5,000 Montanans. Flu victims in Forsyth received care at the Masonic Hall, temporarily converted into an emergency hospital, but the epidemic underscored the need for a well-equipped hospital close to home. Despite drought and declining crop prices, Rosebud County voters responded to the call, passing a $70,000 bond issue in November 1919 and a second $20,000 bond issue in 1920. Billings architects McIver, Cohagen, and Marshall designed the hospital and then modified the plan when post–World War I inflation placed the original design out of financial reach. The thirty-two-room hospital, constructed by Billings contractor Alfred Lyle, included a lobby, kitchen, patient rooms, and solarium on the main floor; operating theaters and additional patient rooms on the second floor; and laundry and storage areas in the daylight basement. The hipped-roof building, ornamented with a row of stone medallions, exhibits Georgian Revival style features in its symmetrical composition and classical detailing. To
Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
2. Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital and Marker
manage the hospital and nurses’ training school, the county contracted with the Deaconess organization, a Methodist women’s order that opened its first Montana hospital in 1896 in Great Falls. On April 22, 1921, Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital held an open house and “shower day”; Approximately 1,000 visitors, many bearing donations for the hospital’s food pantry, came to admire the new facility. Three days later, under direction of Deaconess superintendent Lyra Sanborn, the hospital admitted its first patient.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 46° 16.242′ N, 106° 40.201′ W. Marker is in Forsyth, Montana, in Rosebud County. Marker is at the intersection of North 17th Street and Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north on North 17th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 251 North 17th Street, Forsyth MT 59327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thurston Residence (approx. ¼ mile away); Forsyth, MT (approx. ¼ mile away); Forsyth Residential Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Alexander, 1856-1918
Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 13, 2020
3. Rosebud County Deaconess Hospital
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Bland Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); McCuistion Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maurice and Mary Lord Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Beeman Residence (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forsyth.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 16, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
Paid Advertisement
Feb. 25, 2021