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A man entertains patients, who are enclosed in iron lungs at Morris Memorial Hospital in Milton. The man standing in the rear left of the photo is Forest "Frostie" Mitchell, who worked at Morris Memorial from 1948 to 1955 as an orderly, according to Jim Mitchell. Morris Memorial Hospital served patients suffering from infantile paralysis, or polio, beginning in 1930. At that time, there was no cure for the disease. Patients received respiratory, physical and occupational therapies during their stay at the facility. Many were educated there, as well, some receiving diplomas from Milton High School. After Dr. Jonas Salk discovered his polio vaccine in 1955 and the facility was no longer needed for polio patients, John and Rose Greene opened the Morris Memorial Convalescent and Nursing Home on the site. Richard McCoy said, "Victims of pulmonary paralysis due to poliomyelitis received breathing assistance/life saving treatment using these machines. The cause of this deadly disease was not well understood, and the mechanism of transmission was unclear. ... Vaccines developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s provided immunity. Widespread use of vaccines has come close to eradicating the disease, worldwide."

Gallery: Do you remember? -- March 21, 2011

Mar. 22, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.


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We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives. They are most likely from the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.