Early day Fargo did not lack for medical facilities.
Among the smaller facilities was the Stone Sanitarium at 611 South 8th Street and later at 1337 Broadway.
A sanitarium is an institution for the medical care and recuperation of the chronically ill. The facility is meant for the preservation or recovery of health and for convalescence.
The Stone Sanitarium was owned and operated by Dr. Guy Stone, who came to Fargo in 1926.
Stone was born in Fountain Run, Ky., on May 5, 1877. According to his obituary, he was a graduate of Tennessee University and obtained his medical degree from the National Medical School in Chicago. After service in the Army, he took postgraduate work at the University of Illinois.
Stone Sanitarium and Hospital was first located in C.A. Roberts' house at 611 8th St. S. built in 1884 by Fargo pioneers Charles A. and Matilda (Moran) Roberts. The house, designed by Mrs. Roberts, was built from bricks manufactured in a brick yard owned by the Roberts.
The building later became an apartment and finally in the late 1980s, it again returned to a single family dwelling and still stands.
Stone's second sanitarium was located at 1337 Broadway. (The address was originally 1307 but was later changed.)
The house was built in 1910 by Chesebro Smith, an associate of Fargo banker and land developer Martin Hector. The building later became an apartment and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
In 2003, Rosewood on Broadway bought the property for a parking lot and it was sold to a house-moving firm for $1 on the condition that the house would be moved. It wasn't, and the building was razed.
After a friend brought me a brochure from Stone Sanitarium, I became curious.
The booklet asks possible guests, "Why not take an inventory of yourself? Get an expert to inspect your stomach, size up your liver, test the efficiency of your kidneys, listen to your heart and lungs, count your blood cells, feel your arteries, find your blood pressure, take your weight and measure your strength."
Sources: Institute for Regional Studies at NDSU, Forum files, "Fargo's Heritage" by Norene A. Roberts, Mike Borgen.