KDH Historic Photos

New King’s Daughters’ facilities
feature historic photos of area

By Ben Fronczek,
Staff Writer

(March 2002) MADISON, Ind. - The new King’s Daughters’ Hospital buildings in Madison and Vevay provide not only new facilities for health services but a new collection of historic photographs.
In fall 2000, as the hospital in Madison was completing the addition, its administration was seeking ways to decorate the newly finished interior.
“Since we are already a community-oriented hospital, we wanted something that would pay tribute to the community,” said Denine Hallgarth, director of the Medical Office Building.

Historic Photo

Photo by Ben Fronczek.

This photo features the Vevay Band with the late Paul Ogle on saxophone.

As a result, the committee for the new hospital building approached one of Madison’s most resourceful entities when it comes to community memorabilia, the Jefferson County Historical Society.
Ron Grimes, a retired Chicago policeman and current volunteer for the society’s historical archives library, assisted them in locating pictures from the past.
“They have historical pictures of the hospital in their main corridor. I assumed when they approached us, they wanted the same thing (in the new building),” said Grimes. “They wanted scenes of Madison people would enjoy. Maybe it was to take people’s minds off waiting to see the doctor.”
As 2000 came to a close, Hallgarth and Grimes worked to organize a series of photographs that would best represent Madison’s past. Grimes took old photographs from the society’s archives, scanned them by computer to enhance their quality then the society sent the refinished photos off to be enlarged.
Such a process is nothing new to Grimes. He said the reproduction of old photographs is a rapidly developing practice at the society.
“We’re getting the ability to reproduce things to the point where we can soon do enlargements,” he said. “For an increasing number of our photos, we don’t have the original, but we have a digital.”
The digital photos have been sent to him via electronic mail. “That way, people who share family photographs with us do not have to let them go.”
The 42 photos Grimes gathered for the new hospital building include images of current Madison landmarks dating back as far as the mid-1800s. Onlookers can see the original states of the old Broadway Fountain, Main Street and the Madison riverfront. Images that may be unfamiliar to current citizens include the old railroad, the shipyard and Harper’s Drug Store, where the current River Valley Financial Bank now sits.
“I’ve worked on these so much that I go around town and in my mind’s eye I can see what was once here,” said Grimes.
“Ron has been such a tremendous help in putting this display together,” said Hallgarth. She added that this kind of display has been continued in the new Vevay, Ind., building on Hwy. 56 just west of town.
This building, which officially opened in December with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, includes historic photographs of Vevay and Switzerland County.
It was organized with the help of the Switzerland County Historical Museum. Photographs include the Vevay Band with philanthropist Paul Ogle on the saxophone, the Vevay Furniture Factory and the making of the movie “A girl Named Sooner,” filmed in Vevay.

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