Ripley, Martha George (1843–1912)

Dr. Martha Ripley was an early advocate for women's health and welfare. She and her family moved to Minneapolis in 1883, just after she completed medical training at Boston University School of Medicine.

Main building from southwest, State Sanatorium near Walker

Main building from southwest, State Sanatorium near Walker

Main building at the Minnesota State Sanatorium from the southwest, c.1920. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Child patients at Ah-Gwah-Ching, the state tuberculosis sanatorium at Walker, 1915. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard. Sanatoria provided treatment and isolation to prevent transmission of the disease.

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Children at State Sanatorium near Walker

Group of children at the Minnesota State Sanatorium, 1915. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Group of patients, State Sanatorium

Group of patients, State Sanatorium

Group of patients at the Minnesota State Sanatorium, 1915. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Superintendent's cottage, State Sanatorium, Walker

Superintendent's cottage, State Sanatorium, Walker

Superintendent's Cottage at the Minnesota State Sanatorium, 1913. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

Cottage C, State Sanatorium, Walker

Cottage C, State Sanatorium, Walker

Cottage C at the Minnesota State Sanatorium, 1913. Photographer: Charles J. Hibbard.

State Sanatorium, Cass County

State Sanatorium, Cass County

Postcard showing the construction of an early sanatorium building, c.1910.

Minnesota State Sanatorium for Consumptives, Cass County

In 1906, construction began for the Minnesota State Sanatorium for Consumptives, or Ah-Gwah-Ching, about three miles south of Walker in Cass County. Overlooking Shingobee Bay on the south shore of Leech Lake, the hospital evolved into a massive complex of distinctive buildings.

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