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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - August 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers Chi Duvol. 12, no. 8 Colorado territory Price four bit,1 swedish medical Center a Rich history photo Courtesy swedish medical Center. First ladies auxiliary on March to 1905, swedish National Sanatorium was incorporated. By october of that year the energetic efforts of the swedish consumptive Aid society was promoting the Purchase of five acres of additional ground in Englewood. The first finished patient cottages in the summer of 1905 Are shown above. Corner Stone to be Laid today dec. 8,1907 the Corner Stone of the swedish National consumptive Sanatorium will be Laid this after noon at 2 30 of clock. The organization was incorporated March to 1905, by or. C. A. Bundsen Hon. John a. Holmberg o. Ecklund John e. Holmberg Arvid Olson e. W. Norlin Frank Anderson John r. Newton and a. Toren. The building will contain eleven rooms besides engine Bath and storage rooms in the basement and will Cost about $7,000. Small buildings containing one and two apartments will be erected for patients. An Artesian Well 850 feet deep supplies the purest water. Rev. Edward Gravander financial representative of the Sanatorium has developed the greater part of the past year to soliciting funds and has met with great Success wherever he has been. The program this afternoon is music. Holcomb a orchestra prayer Rev. C. E. Schildt introductory remarks. Or. C a. Bundsen choir . Henry a. Buchtel music. Holcomb a orchestra a the City . Aronson a a the press . Ohlson a a Charity and Benevolence. Rev. . Bruner remarks Rev. Or. Frederikson choir a the ladies mrs. Swan Anderson . Edward Gravander a a finances Rev Anton a. Anderson laying of Corner Stone. John a. Holmberg song my country a tis of thee audience the Denver Post. Swedish ladies Aid society Bazaar oct 17, 1909 the arrangements for the Mammoth Bazaar to be held at the state armory Twenty sixth and Curtis streets october 22 and 23, by the swedish ladies consumptive Aid society promises to surpass in the variety of its International features any event Ever Given in Denver. The Bazaar is to be for the Benefit of the swedish National Sanitorium and the ladies have been nearly two years in importing and collecting the articles to be disposed of and in reimbursing its interesting features. One of the unique events of both Days will be the sight of the Young people in National swedish costumes. To supplement this the swedish singing societies will Render their Folk songs. There will be characteristic impersonations of the old Vikings of the North and of the later periods of. Swedish troubadours singers and fiddlers with excellent representations of the peasant life of Sweden today. It has been a herculean task to prepare All those features but the work has been cheerfully undertaken As every Dollar of income is to go toward the maintenance of the great Denver Hospital for poor swedish consumptive. There will be 30 Booths All beautifully decorated and containing the finest Quality of needlework hand painted China All kinds of wearing apparel pictures Etc. Nor is the exhibit to be limited to articles of american manufacture. There has come from Sweden and Norway an enormous line of embroidery and Art goods. These together with the Beautiful alloyed work from Stockholm and Gothenburg and the Fine enamelled pins represented each of the Twenty five swedish provinces will make the affair seem much like an International exhibition. The electrical display too will be of special interest making the armory appear like a tale from Hans Christian Andersen a or the Grimm Brothers fairy books. And to those who desire to learn something about the swedish Kitchen there will be the restaurant in which swedish dainties will be served. Live Trout will sport in a miniature fish Pond and with fountains playing music resounding and Dainty damsels in the Gay Holiday colors of their native land the entire affair is bound to be a stirring delightful representation of the great swedish festival Days. The officers of the swedish ladies consumptive Aid society Are the following Well known workers mrs. C. G. Soderstrom mrs. J. A. Holmberg mrs. August Anderson or. C. A. Bundsen mrs. S. W. H. Schroder l. Heimer mrs. A. Rumin a. H. Aronson mrs. J. Isberg. A. Bundsen a. Anderson mrs. A maim c. F. Erickson a. J. Signell mrs. J. A. Wemstrom or. S. W. H. Schrofer miss Bertha Johnson mrs. G. Blomquist a. Steele r. Nelson mrs. Albert Nelson t. Jansson mrs. H. Lund mrs. J. Jacobson and others. The Denver Republican. Swedish Hospital will be dedicated nov. 8, 1924 the buildings of the swedish National Sanatorium 345 South Clarkson Street will be dedicated with interesting ceremonies today and sunday. The $200,000 buildings will be opened with exercises sunday afternoon at 2 o�?Tclock., in charge of president c. A. Johnson. The speakers will be Rev. G. A. Brandell a former Denver pastor now of Rock Island 111. And Rev. E. G. Herps of Chicago. A part of the dedication Celebration will be a musical program in the municipal auditorium at 8 15 tonight. Numbers will be rendered by the swedish choirs of Denver the orpheus my a male quartet and a women a choir. Soloists on the program Are Ruth Hammond Gagratz Soprano Edward w. Wolfer baritone or. And mrs. Wayne c. Hedges violin and Harp and Clarence Reynolds City organist. A mass meeting has been planned for sunday evening in the City auditorium. The meeting will feb. 6, 1969 it All started with or. Charles a. Bundsen born in Beh Uslan Sweden who emigrated to America in 1890 and shortly thereafter established a medical practice in Denver Colo. At that time Colorado with its High Altitude Low humidity and abundant Sunshine was already known As an Ideal climate for the cure of pulmonary tuberculosis and the state was attracting Many afflicted with the disease. Those of swedish descent often sought out the services of swedish or. Bundsen. The doctor soon saw that Many of his patients were unable to carry the heavy financial burdens imposed by their illness. Some went to work others unable to work simply rented Little rooms and received practically no care. The doctor and a few friends formulated plans for a Sanatorium bought a Small tract of land South of Denver put up some tents and began the care of to patients. About the same time Rev. C. A. Nelson pastor of the Mission covenant Church of Denver and or. John Lindal founded Bethesda Sanatorium in South Denver for the same purpose. Eventually the two groups pooled resources and in 1901, established swedish National Sanatorium a non profit institution. Small one room Frame cottages replaced the tents. The first Brick building housing the doctors office a Ray lab Kitchen dining room and a few rooms for bed patients was put up. Swedish churches and fraternal organizations supported the project and a Board made up of five swedish Church denominations lutheran Mission covenant evangelical free Baptist and methodist took charge. New buildings went up. The institution became known nationally. More patients and new treatment techniques prompted the need for More space. Private donations from throughout the nation financed the be presided Over by the Rev. J. C. Olson and the main speakers of the evening will be Rev. J. P. Seaburg the Rev. O. Hedeen and or. Julius Lincoln. Another feature of the program sunday afternoon will be the conveyance of the Good wishes of the City by mayor Stapleton and the speech on behalf of the medical profession by or. C. E. Cooper. Governor Sweet has been invited to take part in the exercises. The Rocky Mountain Newt. First modern fire proof 16-room private Pavilion with sleeping porches in 1920. Another building with kitchens storage rooms and dining rooms was erected in 1923. Swedish was on its Way a Pavilion financed entirely with funds raised by Chicago women a organizations went up in 1924 the famous Gate and Entrance was paid for in 1927 and in 1930, the Mayflower maj Blommen Pavilion was built with 32 rooms offices a Ray and lab facilities. From 1930 to 1951, probably due to the depression and world War ii there was no expansion. In 1951 the Bundsen building was constructed and in 1956 the Sanatorium officially became a Public general purpose Hospital because development in the treatment of tuberculosis indicated that All the Beds at swedish were no longer needed for one purpose. In 1960 a kick off dinner sparked the largest single expansion program for the Hospital since or. Bundsen first put up the tents a six Story $3.25 million Wing eventually financed by Federal funds a loan and Community Aid. Ground breaking was in april 1962 and dedication in june of 1964. One month later an obstetrics department opened and in 1965, a paediatrics Ward. Today there Are More than 600 persons employed at the 250-bed Hospital. The Center has coronary care and extended care units plus All the modern support facilities demanded of a Tota 1-care Hospital. The Complex of buildings occupies beautifully landscaped grounds on rolling land on the original site. Building continues. Most recent Forward step is the merger of swedish with Craig rehabilitation Center to share facilities. Craig is leasing swedish ground for a Large new building where the old nurses residence has stood for so Long. The latest venture is part of an Ever expanding program or. Bundsen and his friends could never have imagined. The Southland news. Photo Courtesy swedish medical Center. First Brick building this Brick building was completed in 1909. It was quite a contrast to the earlier patient cottages with their Canvas Walls which provided easy Access to the Clear Mountain air
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