Throwback Thursday: 'When It's Hospital Chief's Baby, He's Like Any Father' - Dec. 21, 1953

By Kristy Bleizeffer Dec 19, 2019

On Monday, Dec. 21, 1953, Memorial Hospital of Natrona County's chief administrator had a baby. 

Well, it was Jim Carr's wife who actually had the baby, but you might not realize that by reading the story published in the Tribune Herald that afternoon.

We found this gem of a story on a scrapbook page in the Wyoming Medical Center archives at the Casper College Western History Center. The page was particularly rich with Christmas history from an era when, apparently, even our staff holiday parties made the newspaper. More on that further down.

But back to administrator Carr's harrowing birth experience. 

It was the third baby for Mr. Carr and his wife and, according to the Tribune-Herald photo , he passed time in the waiting area like many expecting fathers of his day: with cigarettes and newspapers. 

Then, the plot thickens!

Despite the relaxed demeanor of the dad-to-be in the photo, the story has Mr. Carr "on razor's edge," chewing his fingernails and pacing the floor outside the delivery room. 

"Quite out of keeping with his usual reserved, unexciteable self as hospital administrator, however, Mr. Carr was fluttering most of the morning with fatherly fanfare," the story reads.

While the paper never names the mother beyond "Mrs. James Carr, Jr.," it does describe Mr. Carr as "so tired I can hardly stand up!"

The entire story is worth the read, and it is posted in full below.

Memorial Hospital of Natrona County also made the news two other times that December. First, for having a Christmas party for nurses and staff and, second, for serving turkey to patients and guests as doctors tried to discharge as many as patients as they could before the holiday. You can read both items below. 

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a series celebrating Wyoming Medical Center’s long and rich history in Natrona County. Special thanks to the Casper College Western History Center which archives the vast Wyoming Medical Center collection of newspaper articles, photographs and other memorabilia.