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The Wisconsin State Sanatorium, also known as “Statesan” was the only state run tuberculosis sanatorium in Wisconsin.It opened on November 7, 1907 and closed in the fall of 1957.If you see some typos or misinformation; let me know. Sanatorium is a modern Latinism formed from Sanare, to cure, restore to health and sanus, whole, healthy, well.
If you are looking for a record of a family member who once was here; I wish you luck!
Patient records no longer exist, and nothing is on site.
Canvas covers were pulled down in only the most extreme weather, otherwise patients were exposed to the elements 24 hours a day no matter the temperature. You get the connection, but sometime after 1914 a patient named Will Ross (1888-1951) returned to the sanitarium and opened a general store (commonly called the Will Ross Store) which sold supplies and assorted sundries to the patients.
It also was a designated post office and drew its name from State Sanitarium.
I’ll probably change or add more pictures on a semi-regular basis. Based on recommendations from the commission, the State Legislature passed a bill establishing a state Sanatorium in 1905 to treat state residents in the early stages of pulmonary tuberculosis.
The sanatorium, located on 200 acres of land purchased for an acre from Welsh farmers near Wales, Wisconsin opened with 40 patients on November 9, 1907.
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This site is a work in progress, so visit often and see what’s new. Sanatorium (correct), but also Sanatarium, Sanitarium and Sanitorium.
It was known as the Wisconsin School for Boys – Wales, and is presently (since 1977) called Ethan Allen School for Boys. I retired in 2010) The site of the old san is approximately 25 miles west of Milwaukee near the town of Wales in Waukesha County, about a mile northwest of the intersection of highways 83 and 18 (at the end of Boy’s School Road off Hy. Some of the buildings from the san are still standing and in use today.