Waring Library Society Medical History Moment

By Susan Hoffius

Located on the southwest corner of Ashley Avenue and Beaufain Street overlooking Colonial Lake, the building that is now Baker House condominiums opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1912 as the Baker-Craig Sanatorium. Named for its founders Dr. Archibald E. Baker, Sr. of Charleston and Dr. Lawrence Craig of Dillon, South Carolina, the hospital was a private clinic specializing in surgical and gynecological cases. In 1917 Dr. Craig withdrew from the enterprise, leaving Dr. Baker as the sole owner and principal physician until his death on July 31, 1934.

Waring Library Society Medical History Moment

By Sarah Nesnow and Dulaney Wilson

Born in 1861, Sarah Campbell Allan was raised in Charleston, South Carolina in a Victorian atmosphere of means and privilege that also emphasized the importance of both education and achievement. Her family’s strong Presbyterian faith and belief in service to others certainly influenced Sarah in her studies and her choice of medicine as a career. Her exact motive for becoming a physician is unknown, yet she persisted in the face of significant obstacles and disappointments.

Waring Library Society Medical History Moment

By Ronald O. Nickel

Imagine that you and your family are enjoying a short holiday in the beautiful English countryside in June 1744, when your pleasant trip is interrupted by the sudden experience of excruciating pain that a local physician has diagnosed as originating from a large kidney stone. What treatment options do you have, other than hoping the stone will pass quickly or lessening the pain with doses of laudanum? The physician offers a third suggestion: An inexpensive patented medicine that claims to dissolve kidney stones has recently become available.

By Richard W. Carlson

If Frank Sinatra were alive, he would be 101 years old. His only son, Frank Sinatra, Jr., was 72 when he died of a heart attack recently in Daytona Beach, Florida.

By Peg Eastman

In 1866, the damaged bank building at One Broad Street was sold to William L. Trenholm and Theodore D. Wagner, business associates of John Fraser & Company. During the war, their company had been heavily involved in blockade running at home while its Liverpool subsidiary was clandestinely involved in procuring war ships and materiel for the Confederacy abroad.

By Peg Eastman

In the weeks following the victorious confrontation with the mighty British navy at Fort Sullivan on June 28, 1776, colonials learned of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. The British did not attempt to take the fort again and withdrew. They did not return to Charles Town until 1780, when Sir Henry Clinton successfully besieged the city and captured Gen. Benjamin Lincoln’s army of 5,500 men. It was the largest surrender of the war and the largest in the annals of the U.S. Army until Corregidor.

By Robert Salvo

Sometimes failure fuels success.

Carter C. Hudgins was a sophomore at Hampden-Sydney College taking a survey course on American history. He was assigned a paper on the history of the Jamestown settlement. Simple enough, he thought; not only was his father, Carter L. Hudgins, part of the team that was actively working on discovering the settlements history, but young Carter had spent the summer working a field school at the archeology site.

Mercury newspaper racks are located at the following locations:

The Meeting Street Inn

Clair's Service Station at 334 Folly Rd.

Harris Teeter on Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

The Square Onion in I'On

Mt. Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry Rd.