Friday, April 10, 2009


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From 1903 to 1945, Dr. John Flinn and his wife Margaret operated a sanitarium in Prescott for patients with tuberculosis. Dr. Flinn, who had once suffered from tuberculosis himself, was a native of Nova Scotia who was recognized nationally as an authority on the illness.
Some well known people were among Dr. Finn's patients including the film star Lila Lee, Walter Winchell, and Cleveland Amory who, according to Melissa Ruffner, edited the Courier while he was here.
These rentals on South Willow are the site of Dr. Flinn's sanatorium.

In the community below, the street is in the the shape of a horse shoe with this charming cottage at the center and high point of the bend, and top of the hill.

There were a number of communities, like this one in Pine Crest, throughout Prescott, catering to TB patients and some of our best known citizens came here suffering from that disease.

The house below was my Grandmother's from 1958 until her death in 1970. We knew that it had been part of the community of homes for patients with tuberculosis and that it had been much added on to and remodeled over the years. The many windowed room on the right side, Gram's kitchen, had been a bedroom, easy to fill with fresh air and sunshine.

The house below was home to Richard Nixon when his Mother brought his tubercular brother to Prescott.

Granny J. has reserved the ramada at Finn Park for a blogger picnic on April 19. I was wondering why I didn't remember the name there and was reminded that it used to be Acker Park.
For a look at a brochure from Pamsetgaff, you can go to the UofA library. It has pictures of the bungalows.

Katherine J. Gernand Nicolay wrote an article giving lots of information on the subject of Prescott citizens who first came here suffering from TB. You can read it here.
I'm having all kinds of trouble with blogger on paragraph spacing and switching around. I'm going to stop now. Don't forget you can click the pictures for an enlarged view.


  1. Linda, great info on the TB houses. Question.. Are those little houses off Country Club and Coronado in that micro hood old TB houses too?
    I was told that those two story apts. behind Norge Laundry was a sanatorium also.

  2. Interesting post. My Grandmother died of TB in 1925 in Illinois. I sometimes wonder if she might have lived if she had been able to come west where the air is dry. Thanks for all the information.

  3. Katie, that's actually the neighborhood where my Grandmother lived. Up Coronado to Cochise to the horseshoe shaped Apache Drive and that's where those pix were taken.
    I don't know about the Norge Laundry area. There seem to have been a number of small neighborhoods of people with TB and other breathing problems.

    Jarat, I think moving here did save a lot of people. I wish she could have tried it.

  4. Linda, I've heard that Coronado made a fantastic snow sled run back in the day.
    Happy Easter! Paul

  5. Hi -- thank you for filling me in about the little cluster of buildings over on Willow. I had wondered about them, as they are of a piece, including what must have been a little neighborhood store. I had assumed, perhaps wrongly, that it was a vacation type of place, since I had always assumed that Sunnyslope in Phoenix was the center for TB patients.

  6. As for Coronado being a sled run -- it's a fantastic skateboard run nowadays.