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Subject: Re: [PaCambri] Sanitorium in Cresson
Date: Sun, 6 May 2001 15:07:03 -0500
Deb--I don't think they had a separate cemetery. My great grandmother owned
the funeral home in Cresson, then called "Buck's" but now the Kennedy
funeral home. My mother lived with her until she (the great grandmother)
died. I have always heard they made an excellent living, principally
embalming people who died at the sanatorium, and shipping their bodies back
to their hometowns. My mother remembers going with her grandfather down to
the train station and watching them load the caskets on freight trains
(there used to be a lot of freight trains that stopped in Cresson). I think
the state paid for this service. I have not, however, checked the records
of the sanatorium, and there could have been some patients treated
I have two uncles who died in the sanatorium (one who was from Cresson), and
both are buried in family plots elsewhere.
Date: Thursday, May 03, 2001 7:11 PM
Subject: [PaCambri] Sanitorium in Cresson
Does anyone have any info on the sanitorium in Cresson, Cambria County? I
guess it was where the correctional institution stands now. Is there a
graveyard especially for those patients? How about any records on the people
that are buried there?
I have asked some older folks around here (Lilly, Cresson, and Gallitzin).
They don't seem to know too much. One lady, Mrs. Biller, said all she can
remember about it is her mother telling her as a child to hold her breath
when they would drive by it because the people in there had tuberculosis.
Mr. Prosser said that he worked there for awhile when he was young, and he
remebers that the patients never got visitors because everyone was so
petrified of catching the disease.
If any one has any info on this, please e-mail me!!!!! Thanks, Deb Behe
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