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Search for names of nursing assistants inspires change in way Linton Library displays historical photos

Friday, March 16, 2012

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The Linton Public Library is seeking information on the identities of these women
(left and far left), believed to be nursing assistants and pictured outside of Linton's now long-gone Freeman City Hospital.(Submitted photos)
A search for the names of three nursing assistants has inspired Linton Public Library Director Jamie Tyner to consider displaying a changing collection of historical photos in need of identification.

The two pictures, brought to the library by Veda Van Horn, were taken in back of the now demolished Freeman City Hospital.

Constructed in 1912, Freeman -- renamed the Freeman-Greene County Hospital in 1928 -- once served as the city's primary medical care facility. It was located at the intersection of 4th and NE A Sts.

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Ultimately, it would be replaced by the current Greene County General Hospital.

Where the former Freeman hospital, demolished in 1985, once stood on State Road 54 now stands a Wendy's Restaurant.

The photos are believed to have been taken in the 1950s, Tyner said. So far, they've been posted in the library for nearly a month, garnering several suggestions as to the women's identities but nothing certain.

"I think it's been about three weeks since we've had it up," said Jessica Watson, librarian. "A lot of people have said that someone in the photo looks familiar, but they're not certain."

Those who believe they know who the women are may contact the library at 847-7802.

Among the guesses so far, Tyner said, are Bernice Stone on the right of the trio of women, Selma "Smitty" Dyar on the left and Betty Darr in the center.

However, another person suggested Darr is the woman pictured by herself, and was a nursing administrator, Tyner said.

The identification process could lead to the library assembling a collection of photos whose subjects' names are unknown, in the hope they may be identified.

"I was considering that," said Tyner. "It's not final yet, but I think we may, and details will be forthcoming. If there's an interest in having that photo display, I think it'd be great for the community to have a look at the past."



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