Gowanda State Hospital & Cemetery

Gowanda State Hospital served the counties of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Wyoming.
1916 Gowanda State Homeopathic Hospital.
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Gowanda State Hospital - Collins Correctional Facility

Gowanda State Hospital – Collins Correctional Facility

GOWANDA STATE HOSPITAL – The Gowanda Committee visited the hospital August 27, 1913, and made a thorough inspection…The two greatest needs of the hospital at the present time are a new morgue and an addition to the bakery. The place now used for the care of bodies pending burial is a basement room lighted by artificial light, small, and without interior equipment. What autopsies are performed by the medical staff have to be made in this inconvenient place. Whenever several deaths occur within a short interval, it is often necessary to pile them up around the room and friends and relatives are often shocked to find their dead in this unsuitable place. This hospital had forty-two deaths last year. The scientific work at the hospital, as well as the consideration of friends and relatives of patients, demand the construction of a proper place for the care of bodies of patients.”

SOURCE: State of New York State Hospital Commission, Twenty-Fifth Annual Report, October 1, 1912 to September 30, 1913, Transmitted to the Legislature January 29, 1914, Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, Printers, 1914, Page 471.

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5 thoughts on “Gowanda State Hospital & Cemetery

  1. I am currently working on family geneology and trying to find my great grandfather who was a patient here at Gowanda Facility. I want to say between the years of 1926-1985, his name was George W. Brown Jr. I am trying to find this out before the last living relative of George’s passes away.


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