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unity hill sanatorium / watson sanitorium

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MMB

Somerset, KY

#1 Jul 10, 2008
Anderson was a doctor of herbal medicine. He was described by his daughter, Irene Anderson Elder, as part black and part Choctaw Indian. Anderson came to Somerset, KY, from Kingston, TN; he had also had a practice in Chattanooga, where he met Irene's mother, a nurse named Mary Bowman, who was white. Mary gave birth to Irene in 1914 in a home for unwed mothers in Chattanooga. Irene was raised by her maternal grandmother in Lenoir City; she was Irene's protector. Several years later her grandmother died, and Irene went to live with a foster family. Her father, James Anderson, had moved to Somerset, KY, not too long after Irene was born. In Kentucky, he was sometimes regarded as a Negro and at other times as a Choctaw Indian. Anderson established a tuberculosis treatment clinic, Unity Hill Sanatorium, a three story structure with over 100 beds, 65 rooms, a parlor with a piano, and a grocery store in the basement. He came to be considered a wealthy man with $100,000 in the Somerset bank. When Mary Bowman came down with tuberculosis, she came to Somerset to be a patient at Unity Hill for six months. She was still alive when Dr. James S. Anderson died of hypostatic pneumonia or was murdered November 19, 1919; it is still unclear exactly how he died. M. L. Jarvis was appointed curator of Anderson's estate. Unity Hill Sanatorium was sold to a group of businessmen who changed the operation to Watnon (or Watson) Sanatorium, a cancer treatment clinic with separate buildings for Negro patients. In 1924, the clinic had closed and the campus became the new location for the Somerset School of Business.

Any and ALL information about this places, and or pictures would be greatly appreciated.
THANK YOU ;0)
lil abner

Sikeston, MO

#2 Jul 14, 2008
does anyone have any new information?
amber_grundy

Pineville, KY

#3 Jul 28, 2008
where is this place soppose to se i have lived in somerset my whole life, and have never heard of it. i dont believe this story.
pop

Somerset, KY

#4 Jul 29, 2008
amber_grundy wrote:
where is this place soppose to se i have lived in somerset my whole life, and have never heard of it. i dont believe this story.
how old are you honey..12? yes of course it's true. ask your grandparents.
MMB

Versailles, KY

#5 Jul 29, 2008
Google it and see for yourself that it IS TRUE!!
I am just yearning for information than what I currently have. I just find it strange with the way Somerset wants to preserve it's history that this is such an unknown subject.

POP-- Do you of anything you can add?

Thanks to all who are helping ;0)
UNITY NEIGHBOR

Nolensville, TN

#6 Aug 1, 2008
There isn't really any new information, just a link to an old newspaper article (It's about a 1/4 of the way down the page and starts as Advertisement.)

Hope someone else has better luck finding new stuff!
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read...
MMB

Versailles, KY

#7 Aug 4, 2008
UNITY NEIGHBOR- - - Thank you for your support.
still looking

Sikeston, MO

#8 Oct 9, 2008
Sometimes when you bump things up someone new is on here who may be able to add information. This is an interesting part of Pulaski county's history that seems to have been overlooked. Can someone who knows help before the oldtimers are all gone and no one remembers. Ask your parents and grandparents they may recall something. Thank you.

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#9 Oct 9, 2008
amber_grundy wrote:
where is this place soppose to se i have lived in somerset my whole life, and have never heard of it. i dont believe this story.
In Ferguson - From Murphy , take Maguire St. to the dead end at Shoopman Lane , turn left , 2nd house on right -
WOW

Corbin, KY

#10 Oct 9, 2008
I have not lived in Somerset very long, maybe about 15 yrs. Most of my family that lives around here are from Russell County. I live like 2 or 3 streets over and never knew anything about it. I would love to know more. Is the building still standing?
Close By

Somerset, KY

#11 Oct 10, 2008
Im pretty sure the house has been torn down (if it is indeed the house at the end of Maguire St.). I used to play in it all the time when I was a kid. There were tunnels that were underneath it, but I never ventured too far. My father said he used to play in them when he was a kid as well, I think he told me that the tunnels didn't go too far. I had always heard when I was a kid that the tunnels were part of the underground railroad, but I think that was all just legend.

David Cowan who used to work at PCHS and also drove the bus I rode on for years used to live in the white house right next to it. Sadly, he passed on back in 92 or 93 I believe (he had since moved about a 1/4 of a mile from there to a different place). I'm not sure if his old house as well as the old sanitarium were both torn down or if it was just the old sanitarium.

There's surely someone out there that knows even more about it and possibly has some old pictures or something. Like I said, I was in that place all the time as a kid playing with David's kids, but that's about all I can tell you about the place.

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#13 Oct 10, 2008
I haven't been by there for a while, the houses may be gone , however , I will go by there today and see for sure - Sorry for any misinformation -
a piece of history

Sikeston, MO

#14 Oct 10, 2008
Someone please post all you know as this is an intricate part of Pulaski County's history, let's not allow time to forget.
a piece of history

Sikeston, MO

#15 Oct 10, 2008
bump it people
bump

Sikeston, MO

#16 Oct 10, 2008
bump bump
FYI

Sikeston, MO

#17 Oct 10, 2008
Advertisement. Cancer Sanatorium Opened at Somerset, Ky. Somerset, Ky.,
Jan. 27, 1920. The Sanatorium here, formerly owned and operated by the late
Dr. James S. Anderson, Choctaw Indian, has been re-opened by a company of
local businessmen organized for the purpose of treating Cancer, Tumor and
Ulcer with Watson's Cancer Remedy, discovered a number of years ago by Dr.
F.M. Watson, who has had wonderful success in the treatment of severe cases
of cancer. There seems to be no doubt that this institution will be a
success, as they have this wonderful remedy, competent physicians, nurses and
modern equipment in every respect. The Watson Cancer Sanatorium will
accommodate over one hundred patients in the Main building, and there are
separate buildings for colored patients. Those interested, may write The
Watson Sanatorium, incorporated, Somerset, Kentucky and receive a small
booklet giving full particulars as to the Sanatorium. According to the
latest official census, there are about six millions of cancers in the United
States, and 180,000 cases in Kentucky. The Watson Cancer Sanatorium should
be the benefactor of humanity.

This came from the January 30, 1920 Somerset Journal article.

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#18 Oct 10, 2008
I went by where the old Sanitorium used to be , AND IT'S GONE--Somebody is building BIG , BEAUTIFUL HOMES all over the place - I was totally unaware this was happening - Sorry for the misinformation -
hardwick

Somerset, KY

#19 Oct 11, 2008
My family lived in that house for 15 years, and you talk about haunted!! We were the last ones to occupy it. There was a woman in the upstairs window that would watch us walk to the school bus in the mornings. on cold nights something would walk past my bed to the basement door and go down to the furnace. The owner of the sanitorium was murdered by a lynch mob on his front porch,because people were sent there on the train and then dissappeared. The good doctor was into medical experiments. The tunnels were so he could safely travel between the clinic and his house. With all the people missing, he knew he was in danger. As for the money, it had been withdrawn from his bank account and was never found! I know lots of the history of the place and am very saddened to see it torn down.
curious

Sikeston, MO

#20 Oct 11, 2008
hardwick,
I would be very interested to know the hisory of the place. Could you please elaborate as to the history? I have been researching this place for about 5 years. I keep hitting road blocks. I agree it is a shame this intricate part of Pulaski County history was destroyed.
curious

Sikeston, MO

#21 Oct 11, 2008
bump it need more info

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