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Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Iola Hospital

 

— Historic Ioka —

 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
1. Iola Hospital Marker
Inscription.  Iola’s public hospital planning was formalized on July 12, 1920. Shares were sold at $50 each, with a $25,000 capitalization target. Established in the home occupied by recently retired Dr. Johan H. Lee, Iola Herald reports indicate it opened that fall. Lee’s practice (1901-20), located in the Graystone Building, had been assumed by Dr. A.R. Bellerue (1919-31), who required surgery and recovery accommodations.

The Lee home’s confines (Church and Washington, now Iola and Chet Krause Dr.) were still satisfying the hospital’s needs when Dr. William Wilker (1929-1950) in 1931 assumed Dr. Bellerue’s practice. In 1945 ongoing operational difficulties prompted shareholder certificates to be called in and replaced with non-profit membership certificates. A 1950 “stone front” addition expanded the hospital. In 1956 a new surgical area and a maternity suite was added. In 1980 a new structure was built; the hospital closed on Oct. 28, 1990; operated as a skilled nursing facility thereafter until February 1, 2020.

Iola’s first medical professional was Dr. I.W. Noves, whose practice commenced in the 1870s. Other prominent early
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medical practitioners included Drs. George Dale (1884-98) and T.E. Loope (1898-1938). The first Iola Hospital nurse was Nora Ambroson.
 
Erected 2020 by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 44° 30.382′ N, 89° 7.77′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is at the intersection of Chet Krause Drive and Iola Street, on the right when traveling north on Chet Krause Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 165 S Chet Krause Dr, Iola WI 54945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iola Cancer & Tumor Sanitarium (here, next to this marker); Birthplace of Numismatic News (within shouting distance of this marker); R. I. Anderson Machine Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iola’s Early History (about 400 feet away); The CWEC Electrified Rural Iola in 1939 (about 400 feet away); Iola’s Dr. Loope (about 400 feet away); Krause Publications (about 600 feet away); 1999 Father's Day Fire (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2021, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2021, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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