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Arthur Edward Spohn, M.D. and Spohn Hospital

 
 
Arthur Edward Spohn, M.D. and Spohn Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 5, 2022
1. Arthur Edward Spohn, M.D. and Spohn Hospital Marker
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One of three brothers who became doctors, A.E. Spohn (1845-1913) was born in Canada and studied medicine in Michigan and New York. He came to the Texas Gulf Coast in 1868 as a U.S. surgeon in charge of military quarantine. He settled in Corpus Christi after his marriage in 1876 to Sarah Josephine Kenedy (1857-1918) daughter of steamboat captain and rancher Mifflin Kenedy. A prominent local physician, Dr. Spohn was also a leader in numerous medical organizations.

The first hospital named in his honor was Spohn Sanitarium, built in 1905 on North Beach, with funds contributed by Mr. and Mrs. John Gregory Kenedy, Mrs. Henrietta King, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kleberg, and other leading citizens. Dr. Alfred G. Heaney, an associate of Dr. Spohn, admitted the first patient to the facility, operated by Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

After a hurricane damaged the structure on North Beach on September 14, 1919, Mrs. Henrietta King, widow of Capt. Richard King, founder of the King Ranch, donated five acres at this site for a new hospital. From a three-story brick building erected here in 1923, Spohn Hospital has grown
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into a modern medical complex.
 
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6336.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 27° 46.646′ N, 97° 23.693′ W. Marker is in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Nueces County. Marker is on Elizabeth Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 613 Elizabeth St, Corpus Christi TX 78404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Methodist Church of Corpus Christi (approx. 0.4 miles away); Camp Scurry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Temple Beth El (approx. 0.6 miles away); Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wynn Seale Junior High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Centennial Memorial Museum (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richard and Minerva King House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Moses Menger Elementary School (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corpus Christi.
 
Arthur Edward Spohn, M.D. and Spohn Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 5, 2022
2. Arthur Edward Spohn, M.D. and Spohn Hospital Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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