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Twigg and Barkdoll. The physician at large was Dr. J. J. Wilson. Dr. Claybrook served the Red Cross and the City Hopsital. The Black people were attended by Dr. Spurgeon Sparks and whenever it was necessary, the regular zone physician assisted him. A central telephone number, which was 453, was called for assistance, and the doctor in that zone would be sent. Besides the Western Maryland and Allegany Hospitals, three other hospitals were put into operation. The City Hospital was in the Merten's Home at the head of Baltimore Street at Baltimore Avenue, now the site of the present YMCA, with Miss Mabel E. Avers as superintendent and Mrs. Urban Doolittle as dietician. The Knights of Columbus, Red Cross and Order of the Eastern Star were requested to volunteer their services for the making of pneumonia jackets and other needed articles. The second hospital, known as the Red Cross Hospital, was at 28 Washington Street. The third hospital was the Maryland State Health Train and was parked in the millyard on the B&O Railroad tracks south of Williams Street. The train consisted of seven coaches, including hospital cars with beds and carried a staff of nine doctors and twelve nurses. The hospital also provided two large khaki-colored ambulances. Four doctors were drawn by lot for night duty from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM. At the end of one week a re-drawing for night service was held. The four night duty men took the place of the day men whose names were drawn. The Board of Health passed an ordinance directing that all funerals would be private and held from the different funeral parlors. The American Railway Express Company furnished one of their trucks and delivered medicine for the drugstores and supplies for the local undertakers. W. L. Sperry, President of the Allegany County Board of Education, issued an appeal for the


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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