Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas for the 1,400 Patients at the State Hospital, 1913

From the Cherokee Scout, Murphy, N.C., January 3, 1913

Morganton, N.C., Dec. 25—Christmas brought its glad tidings to every one of the 1,400 patients in the State hospital here and everything was done to make a happy Christmas for the unfortunate ones.

Every patient received a bountiful supply of candies, fruits, nuts, etc., and throughout the long corridors holly and other decorations and large banners bearing such inscriptions as “A Happy Christmas” and “Christmas Greetings,” added to the happiness of the patients.

The preparation of the special Christmas dinner, which is given every year, is an enormous undertaking. More than 150 turkeys and about 200 chickens were prepared for the dinner, which will give some idea of the proportionate amount of other things it required for the meal.

In addition special entertainments and amusements were arranged for Christmas week and patients give and receive presents and a general happiness fills the entire institution.

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