Here’s an update to last Friday’s story about Marilyn Casserino, 79. Marilyn is the girl in the dark dress in the center of the photo above. This picture was taken c.1939 on the roof of the Children’s Building at Iola Tuberculosis Sanitorium where Marilyn was a patient, along with her mother Vivian.
Unfortunately, Marilyn’s mom passed away while at the hospital. Marilyn was just 6 at the time. Looking back at those days, she now wishes she could remember more – about her mom, and about this place where they were treated for well over a year.
For starters, she wanted to try and find out who the other girls in the photo were. Would you believe in less than one week we’ve now identified two of those girls…
I couldn’t believe it. The power of the internet is real! I emailed Mark and found out he is for real as well. He sent these photos which show his mother, Jean, and aunt Beverly… the same two girls standing next to Marilyn in her photo!
For Marilyn, it was exciting news to learn a few names. But she says she still doesn’t remember the girls. And says she still longs to remember her mom…
I’m still looking for more information to share with Marilyn. But in the meantime, Mark sent more photos which show his mother during her second stay at Iola when her TB relapsed as a teenager…
Check this out. That’s Jean on the left… And Gene Autry on the right! The Singing Cowboy came to visit the patients.
And here’s the view looking in the opposite direction across the lawn at the Administration Building. Beautiful. The building in the background on the right was the former Infirmary (built 1915). It was demolished in 1985.
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