This is my find. My great aunt, Luella Brown Berry died on August 17, 1928 in the Massillon State Hospital of pulmonary tuberculosis. Her younger sister, Fannie Brown McCall also died in the Massillon State Hospital of pulmonary tuberculosis; but two years prior on June 23, 1926. Was Massillon State Hospital a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients? Was there a tuberculosis epidemic in Massillon Oho during the 1920s?
With my next find I had more questions. The full name of the hospital at the time was Massillon State Hospital for the Insane. It is considered an historic asylum because when it was built in the 1890s, it was the first state hospital in the United States and Canada. The first building to be completed was McKinley Hall, named after the then governor, William McKinley. Did both my great aunts have mental problems? If so, what? Were they long-term patients? How were they treated?
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