Northern Maine Sanitorium (former) – Presque Isle ME

Description

Tuberculosis hospitals were built in the state of Maine in the early part of the 20th century. 1,000 people a year died of tuberculosis in Maine before the advent of modern medicine. Following the success of private hospitals in Hebron & Fairfield Maine which were facing financial difficulty, the state took control. The Northern Maine Sanitorium was built in Presque Isle following the passing of a law in the Maine State Legislature April 9, 1921.

In 1938, the P.W.A. offered a grant of $7,739 for repairs or improvements which were completed in 1939.

The facilities at Hebron and Presque Isle were closed in 1959. Today, according to a local librarian, the Presque Isle buildings are privately owned and used as apartments.

Source notes

Local Source

http://www.mainememory.net/sitebuilder/site/286/page/549/display

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 6.

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on November 19, 2014.

We welcome contributions of additional information on any New Deal project site.

Location Info

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164 Reach St
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Coordinates: 46.701147, -67.976214

7 comments on “Northern Maine Sanitorium (former) – Presque Isle ME

  1. June Woodward

    Is there a place to find death records or burial records from this institution? My grandfather ended his life with tuberculosis there. I have no dates, just a name and that he was buried
    at a Catholic Cemetery in Presque Isle. I would appreciate any information that you might be able to tell. Death date was probably early 1900’s. Thank you.

  2. Bernard J. Michaud

    I was there in the 50′ and would like to know where any info or record are

  3. DARLENE THERIAULT

    MY MOM HAD A SISTER ODELIA NADEAU MCGRAW WAS IN THE SANITORIUM AND PASSED AWAY THERE, SHE HAD TB. SHE WAS ONLY 19YRS OF AGE.

    PRESQUES ISLE TOWN OFFICE ONLY HAS THE CERTIFICATE OF DEATH AND NOTHING ABOUT WHERE SHE IS BURIED.

  4. DARLENE THERIAULT

    Closure: finally! Concerning the above statement regarding Odelia Nadeau McGraw. She is buried in what they call Paupers Field in Presque Isle, Maine, which means no headstone identifying her.

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