Albia hospital, Albia, Iowa

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Looking at the first hospital in Monroe County which was formed in 1909 at the corner of South Clinton and Second Avenue East. It was a former boarding house owned by Dr. Robert P. Miller. In later years, Dr. T.E. Gutch operated the facility then known as the Miner’s Hospital. This hospital closed during World War I due to a shortage of nursing staff. In 1946, after some reconstruction, the hospital was re-opened by Dr. R.A. Smith and was known as Smith Hospital. Monroe County Residents gradually grew out of the Smith Hospital. In 1952, a new hospital was built and the Smith Hospital closed in 1957. 1908 postmark.