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Re: (erielack) hospital

> Moses Taylor was still recognized by the Lackawanna Railroad.  In one of
> the few LACKAWANNA magazines published there was a photograph of it as
> well as a story about it.  I believe it's on the site where the employee
> magazines are.

Indeed so. But the reason that the DL&W **had** a hospital, while typically 
railroads had "Company Surgeons" and/or "Company Doctors" listed was the 
mining operation. Someday, someone will write the definitive book on the 
subject of railroads and their medical services.

Moses Taylor hospital was a huge and progressive step forward (in the way we 
look at things nowadays) for the DL&W leadership. According to Taber, the 
LC&I interest went to the coal division when it moved to Buffalo; DL&W Coal 
and later Glen Alden had a major interest.  The railroad became far less 
dangerous to life and limb as air brakes and automatic couplers replaced 
running the boards and the link and pin -- a transformation mostly complete 
within a dozen years of Moses Taylor's opening.

Keep in mind that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also stepped into the 
breach by establishing a bunch of state miners' hospitals around the same 
time -- which probably discouraged other railroads from imitating the DL&W. 
The PRR and others outfitted hospital cars, which offered physicals but were 
also dispatched to wrecks -- anyone know of Erie/DL&W versions of this?

Finally, thanks to Pat McKnight for the Lackawanna Magazine with the Moses 
Taylor article on the last nursing school class. Careful readers might take 
note that the article (p13) claims that Taylor turned down an offer to 
become Treasury Secretary made by Abraham Lincoln in 1866. Not to join the 
rivet-counting brigade, but Lincoln was assasinated April 14, 1965 (as any 
school child can tell you).

Paul mentions the Christmas/December covers of the Lackawanna magazine --  
this was quite common back in the day. But it was a big step forward from 
the 19th Century, when the Christ on the cover might be a very Protestant 
version. ("The angels all arrayed in white/for they ride the Road of 

In the bad old days, when life was cheap and two mineworkers were killed on 
average **every** working day, the officers and supervisors of the DL&W were 
not above concluding that their "Sclav" (any Eastern European) mineworkers 
were somehow less than human and deaths were somehow "ok" because they were 
Roman Catholic and did not observe the Sabbath in a suitably Calvinist mode; 
heck, the RC's were known to **horrors!** play baseball and go to picnics 
and <gasp> down a glass of beer on a Sunday!). The "sclavs" of Scranton made 
out far better than the Irish of Schuykill County a generation earlier, 
whose leaders were arrested and hanged to set an example.  Today's broader, 
pluralistic view is a great improvement -- here in NYC, the Ancient Order of 
Hibernians (once known as the Mollies in anthracite country) get to run a 
big parade every year.

Jim Guthrie 

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