Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Workday Wednesday: Alice Ranney Thornburg

My grand aunt, Alice Ranney Thornburg, worked at Patton State Hospital in San Bernandino, California for many years.  According to this certificate found among her belongings, she was a Psychiatric Technician:

We know that Alice worked there until the early-mid 1960's.  According to my mother, she worked in the TB (tuberculosis) ward, and she worked with male patients. 

I searched online for the history of this hospital and only found the same information over and over.

"Patton State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital located in San Bernardino, California, United States.

Opened in 1893 as the Southern California State Asylum for the Insane and Inebriates, it was renamed Patton State Hospital after Harry Patton, a member of the first Board of Managers, in 1927.

Patton is a state run, public sector forensic hospital. It is licensed by the Department of Health Services and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Individuals are judicially committed adults to Patton State Hospital to recover from mental illness."
  - Source:

Based on other information I found online, Patton did not become a forensic hospital until sometime after Alice left.

I was unable to locate any photos of the hospital, dated later than 1920. 

As a matter of fact, it was very surprising how little information and photos I could find.  Is that by design?

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