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Anna Jaques Hospital: 1904

Newburyport, Massachusetts, circa 1904. A graduating class of nurses outside the main entrance to the Anna Jaques Hospital. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

Newburyport, Massachusetts, circa 1904. A graduating class of nurses outside the main entrance to the Anna Jaques Hospital. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

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Hello, nurse!

Just think, they were all standing right there.

Still an operating hospital in Newburyport

We spend our summers in Newburyport and my wife's family are direct descendants of Anna Jaques. Still operating all these years later.

Angels!

Even frowning they look like angels, wingless though.

Are they holding Bibles? Or are those Merck manuals? Hmmm.

Still wrapping, washing, and jabbing away

From the hospital's website:

Through the vision and charity of Miss Anna Jaques, our hospital was established in 1884. In 1883, she sought the advice of her family physician, Dr. F. A. Howe, on how best to use her money for the benefit of the community. He told her that the community needed a hospital. As a result, Anna Jaques gave $25,000 [roughly $777,000 in today's terms] and plans were drawn up for Newburyport’s first hospital, originally located at the corner of Broad and Monroe Streets.

On May 7, 1884 the first patient was admitted to Anna Jaques Hospital. By 1901 the hospital's original building had become inadequate. Plans began to take shape and three years later, in 1904, the Georgian Revival building that stands to this day was opened at 25 Highland Avenue in Newburyport.

18 grads and ...

... one, possibly future, alum sitting on the steps.

When you're smiling

If I'm sick I want the only one who has a smile on her face. Second from the right. A few others appear to be suppressing smiles, leading me to believe that they were all told to adopt a dour expression commensurate with the gravity of their calling, but a few could not resist a faint guise of levity and ONE went full-out corners up and showed her teeth. Brava. Take my temperature.

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