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Throwback Thursday: Baby reunion, May 11, 1941

By Kristy Bleizeffer May 20, 2021

Mothers, children and nurses posed for this photo in Conwell Park during Memorial Hospital of Natrona County's baby reunion, organized in celebration of our 30th anniversary. (Photo courtesy 'Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History' by Rebecca A. Hunt.)

In May 1941, Memorial Hospital of Natrona County was celebrating its 30th year in operation.

Board trustee Jean Lathrop (from left), Memorial Hospital's first superintendent Martha Converse Kimball, 1941 superintendent Martha Partridge and Murray Sullivan, one of the first twins born at the hospital, greet guests during the 30th anniversary party. (Photo courtesy 'Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History' by Rebecca A. Hunt.)

Then superintendent Martha Partridge organized an anniversary party for National Hospital Day. Officially, the national day fell on May 12, but Memorial Hospital threw a big community party on Sunday, May 11, so whole families could attend, according to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History" by Rebecca A. Hunt.

Our nurses and nursing students marched across the hospital grounds in their crisp white uniforms and capes, guests toured the hospital (including our polio ward), and the North Casper Junior Orchestra entertained the crowd. Local businesses created window displays highlighting different aspects of hospital operations.

Hospital dignitaries greeted guests in a receiving line, including board trustee Jean Lathrop, our first superintendent Martha Converse Kimball, Martha Partridge, and Murray Sullivan, one of the first twins born at Memorial Hospital.

But the event highlight was a baby reunion, bringing together people born at the hospital over the last three decades. We'd love to see the size of that crowd if we took a similar photo today!

More photos from the day are posted below. Click any of them to enlarge.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday looks back on Wyoming Medical Center’s long, rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center, which archives our vast collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia; and to "Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History," by Rebecca A. Hunt, Ph.D.