From the Eau Claire Leader, June 19, 1935. Father Goldsmith from Tom Hogan's "A Letter to My Children" is mentioned as well as Mrs. Mary Hogan, wife of John Hogan's brother Michael, and a Mrs. Patton who may be the one in the anniversary photo. The original location of the hospital at Spring and Rural Sts. must be identical with or very near the property that John and Bridget bought in Chippewa Falls after selling their farm at Eagle Point:


Two-Day Festival to Celebrate Founding in 1885

St. Joseph's hospital will observe the golden jubilee of its founding on Tuesday, June 25, and Wednesday, June 26.

The jubilee will open with solemn high mass at St. Charles church, across the street from the hospital at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Bishop A. J. McGavick will assist in the services and the Rev. J. Howard Brown, Kendall, Wis., will preach the sermon. A banquet for the clergy will be held at St. Charles hall, 12:30, and there will be solemn benediction at 4 p.m. at St. Charles church.

Open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and the general public is invited. Arrangements are being made to show all visitors through the hospital during these hours.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the sisters of the hospital will give a banquet at St. Charles hall to the doctors of the staff and their wives and to patrons. It is expected that about 170 will attend.

St. Joseph's hospital was established on June 25, 1885, when four sisters of the Hospital sisters of St. Francis came here from Springfield, Ill. and took charge of a small hospital on Catholic hill. The old Huber home,
corner of Spring and Rural Sts., had been acquired for the purpose by Father Goldsmith and the women of Notre Dame Parish.

A year previous,
Father Goldsmith had called a meeting of the parish women to plan for a hospital. Among those present were Mrs. Michael Hogan, Mrs. Richard Thornton, Mrs. W. T. Dalton, Mrs. C. J. Bronsky, and Mrs. Patton.

The new institution was furnished through a collection of $800 taken up among the residents of Chippewa Falls, the only collection ever made in the city for the hospital.

In September of the same year, the Huber home became too small to meet the demands made on it and the present site was purchased from the late Mr. Rutledge for $6,000. Two acres of land and a spacious frame building were included.

The building was later moved across the street where part of it still stands and the first brick building was built.  That was in 1888. Since then, additions have been made to hospital and plant from time to time. The first addition was built in 1895 and others followed in 1903, 1910, and 1928. A laundry was built in 1905 with an addition later. A heating plant was built in 1910 and the present nurses' home was built in 1915.

The four original sisters were Sisters Rose, the superior, and Sisters Marciana, Vitalia, and Materna. Other sisters were sent from the mother house at Springfield from time to time as the needs grew. Sister Rose remained superior until her death August 17, 1893. Sister Marciana, later provencal of her order, succeeded her.

The Rev. Theodore Hegemann now of St. Louis, and first pastor of St. Charles church, acted as chaplain of the hospital until 1893. One of the features of early hospital history, in fact, a feature until quite recent years, was what amounted to an experiment in health insurance. About the first or second winter after the sisters came, tickets were sold to men in the logging camps all over northern Wisconsin. These men came from all parts of the country. The tickets were good for all the hospitals of the Springfield provence of the order and in several others as in Ashland, Superior, St. Paul, and La Crosse and entitled the holders to hospital and medical care during sickness. The ticket idea is said to have originated with Father Hegemann and one of the results was that St. Joseph's hospital even in early days was known all through the vast timber lands of northern Wisconsin wherever logging camps had been established.