Color postcard (14 x 9 cm) with a view of St. Joseph's Hospital at 10th & Castelar Streets, Omaha, Nebraska. It is a large red brick structure with peaked rooflines on each end and a chapel with bell tower in the middle. There are trees on the right side and along 10th Street which has street car tracks. A man in a black suit and white hat is seen to the right. The title "St. Joseph Hospital, Omaha, Neb." is in red in the upper right. The postmark is incomplete; the card is stamped with a postage stamp featuring the profile of Benjamin Franklin. The card is addressed to Miss Katie Pavelka, Verdigre, Neb., and includes a handwritten message.
St. Joseph's Hospital has the longest history in Omaha. It opened on September 1, 1870, staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. St. Joe's outgrew its old location. In 1892, John A. Creighton established the John A. Creighton Medical College and funded a hospital, the Creighton Memorial St. Joseph Hospital which was located on lots donated by Creighton at 10th & Castelar. A surgical building was added in 1898 and chapel in 1900. Creighton died in 1907 leaving money to the hospital which was used for additional building construction on the site between 1908-1911, after this image was taken. The hospital actively served patients until 1978 when a new facility was opened at 30th and California Streets. Source: Wakeley, Arthur. Omaha: The Gate City and Douglas County, Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, c1917, p. 357; Bath, Francis J. Souvenir Program of the Golden Jubilee, Creighton Memorial St. Joseph's Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, 1930, and Creighton University website.
Dear Katie, I suppose you think I'm dead and buried you haven't heard from me. How are you I'm in the hospital at this writing but will leave here saturday go to my aunties stay there till I get strong enough to go to Verdigre which I think will be soon I've been in the hospital four week this Friday. Mama is at aunties. I will tell you all when I see you. With Love Emma goodby, Katie no 1623 Centre Sts. [unreadable] Buresh.