History of the Pokegama
Pine City, Minnesota
1905, the Pokegama Sanatorium was established on the shores of Pokegama
Lake. The 35 acre site had facilites for thirty-six patients.
The fee was thirty to fifty dollars per week. A sanatorium
farm supplied all necessary vegetables, meats and dairy products.
The facility closed in 1943 and the property was sold to the
Redemptorist Fathers to be used as a school for priests.
It was later named "Pine Manor" and used for chemcial dependencey
treatment center. In 1986 it was facing financial difficulties
and closed its doors around April 1, of that year. In 1986 the
cost of treatment was $84 per day or $2,000 for the 21 day program.
Comparable treatment in other privately owned centers was $4,000
to $7,000 for the complete program. The Manor had 53 percent
recovery rate for clients, based upon two years of sobriety follow-up
The following information
taken from a Pamphlet Collection
|F O R E W O R D
Pokegama is a private
sanatorium for the treatment of Pulmonary and Laryngeal Tuberculosis.
The work does not compete in any way with the various county and
state sanatoria in whose organization and maintenance our staff is
vitally interested. Pokegama is conducted to meet the demand for
institutional treatment with the better food, greater privacy, and
closer medical and nursing attention that is more attainable with a
small patient list. The institution is grateful for the interest
and support of the medical profession, and invites the further
consideration and cooperation of physicians and the public.
|HOW TO REACH POKEGAMA
At any season come to Grasston on the Great Northern and take the auto
or team livery. From May until late October the most popular
route is by launch from Pine City on the Northern Pacific where a boat
livery is available. Trains are met on notice.
Get the home physician to report your condition or go to Dr. Taylor's
office, 814 Lowry Building, St. Paul, for examination. Patients
may come direct to the sanatorium if more convenient, but it is
preferred that they stop in St. Paul. Hopeless, far-advanced
cased are not desired.
Plain, comfortable garments to suit the season. There is no
occasion for dress affairs--patients are here to get well. A
raincoat, rubbers, sweater, outing flannel night clothing and three
changes of underwear are advised. During the cold months, a heavy
coat, arctics, and a robe or horse blanket to use on the porch chairs
during the day should be provided. Hot water bottles,
and other personal drug sundries necessary may be purchased at the
|MAIL. EXPRESS AND MESSAGES
Address all mail to Pokegama, Pine Co. Minnesota. This is a
regular governement postal and money order office. Send all
freight and express to Grasston, Minnesota. Telegraph and
Telephone connections are direct through Pine City.
|RATES PER WEEK
Cottage, occupied by one............$ 35.00
Cottage, occupaied by two........... 27.50
Elms and Diamond cottages
Elms and Diamond cottages
double room............................ 27.50
No. 6 cottage, occupied alone....... 40.00
No. 6 cottage, occupied by two..... 30.00
Ward cottages............................... 22.50
Infirmary, private room................... 40.00
Infirmary, double room................... 30.00
New cottage, private room & bath.. 50.00
New cottage, double room & bath...35.00
(New cottage to be completed Oct. 1918)
X-ray chest plates........................... 20.00
Special nurse's board, per week...... 10.00
Visitor's board, $2.50 per day,
65 cents per meal. Tray service outside of infirmary, 25 cents
per tray or $4.00 per week.
Drugs, personal laundry, and operations are extra.
A deposit in advance to cover at least one weeks charges must always be
maintained by each patient. Any balance is refundable on demand.
Statements are rendered each week.
Special accomodations are provided for in Main Building separate from
all patients. Patients must not be disturbed during rest hours,
from 9 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. and after 9:00 at night. It is
not advisable to bring small children as they are most susceptible to
infection. To adults, the danger of infection is negligible.
OF SANATORIUM TREATMENT
per cent of
the tuberculosis cases diagnosed in their incipiency and treated in a
sanatorium become thoroughly arrested, and, if they live as they are
taught after discharge, they are eventually cured. This indicates
the importance of proper institutional treatment to the individual that
he may be returned to useful life. Home treatments very
often fails because the home is adapted to the requirements of people
in good health, and its activities, as well as the intrusion of
solicitous visitors, too frequently interfere with "taking the cure"
even when the method is known. Also, few busy practicing
physicians can take time for the medical supervision of details
necessary to insure obedience. Under sanatorium conditions, with
the encouragement of others, the treatment is not so likely to become
irksome but is accepted as a matter of course. A second
consideration is that the sanatorium teaches the precautions necessary
to guard against infecting others, particularly small children, who are
most susceptible to tuberculosis. It is also desired to emphasize
the advisability of sanatorium treatments as soon as tuberculosis is
diagnosed. a sad feature of the weekly office routien is the
necessary refusal of hopless cases who are willing to spend any money
or time on "the cure."
S T A F F
H. Longstreet Taylor,
M. A., M.D. Director
(St. Paul Office, 814
M. E. Lane M.D.
Ottis H. Cole,
Dr. Ward L. Beebe,
Bacteriologist and Pathologist
(St. Paul, Minnesota)
J. J. Scully, D.D.S.
(Pine City, Minnesota)
Pokegama Sanatorium Operating Room
Cottage Floor Plan
Pokegama Sanatorium Church about 1900
Pokegama Sanatorium lake view